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Taiwan Cinema

International Reception and Social Change, 1st Edition

Edited by Kuei-fen Chiu, Ming-yeh Rawnsley, Gary Rawnsley


232 pages

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The book examines recent developments in Taiwan cinema, with particular focus on a leading contemporary Taiwan filmmaker, Wei Te-sheng, who is responsible for such Asian blockbusters as Cape No.7, Warriors of the Rainbow: Seediq Bale and Kano. The book discusses key issues, including: why (until about 2008) Taiwan cinema underwent a decline, and how cinema is portraying current social changes in Taiwan, including changing youth culture and how it represents indigenous people in the historical narrative of Taiwan. The book also explores the reasons why current Taiwan cinema is receiving a much less enthusiastic response globally compared to its reception in previous decades. 

Table of Contents

1. From Taiwan New Cinema to Post-New Cinema: An Introduction, Kuei-fen Chiu, Ming-yeh T. Rawnsley & Gary D. Rawnsley

Part I: International Reception and Taiwan Cinema

2. Taiwan Cinema across the Globe: A Brazilian Perspective, Cecilia Mello

3. Variables of Transnational Authorship: Hou Hsiao-hsien and Wei Te-sheng, Valentina Vitali

4. Taiwan Cinema at the Venice Film Festival: From Cultural Discovery to Cultural Diplomacy, Elena Pollacchi

5. Contesting the National, Labelling the Renaissance: Exhibiting Taiwan Cinema at Film Festivals in Japan since the 1980s, Ran Ma

6. Programming Taiwan Cinema: A View from the International Film Festival Circuit, Brian Hu

7. Interventions on Cultural Margins: The Case of the Chinese Film Forum UK and the Presence of Taiwan Cinema in the UK, Felicia Chan and Andy Willis

Part II: Taiwan Cinema and Social Change

8. Becoming a Nation: The Shaping of Taiwan’s Native Consciousness in Wei Te-sheng’s Post-Millennium Films, Chialan Sharon Wang

9. Imagine There’s No China: Wei Te-sheng and Taiwan’s ‘Japan Complex’, Chris Berry

10. Kano and Taiwanese Baseball: Playing with Transregionality and Postcoloniality, Ping-hui Liao

11. Seediq Bale as History, Robert A. Rosenstone

12. Violence and Indigenous Visual History: Interventional Historiography in Seediq Bale and Wushe, Chuanzhong Island, Kuei-fen Chiu

13. Archiving an Historical Incident: The Making of Seediq Bale as a Socio-Political Event, Yu-lin Lee

14. Mona Rudao’s Scar: Two Kinds of Epic Identity in Seediq Bale, Darryl Sterk

Part III: Interview and Supplement

15. A Conversation with Taiwanese Filmmaker Wei Te-sheng, Ming-yeh T. Rawnsley

About the Editors


Kuei-fen Chiu is Professor of Taiwan Literature and Transnational Cultural Studies at National Chung Hsing University, Taiwan.

Ming-yeh T. Rawnsley is a Research Associate in the Centre of Taiwan Studies at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, UK.

Gary Rawnsley is Professor of Public Diplomacy in the Department of International Politics at Aberystwyth University, UK.

About the Series

Media, Culture and Social Change in Asia

The aim of this series is to publish original, high-quality work by both new and established scholars in the West and the East, on all aspects of media, culture and social change in Asia. New proposals are welcome, and should be sent in the first instance to the series editor, Stephanie Donald, at Stephanie@stephaniedonald.info.

Editorial Board:

Gregory N. Evon, University of New South Wales
Devleena Ghosh, University of Technology, Sydney
Peter Horsfield, RMIT University, Melbourne
Michael Keane, Curtin University
Tania Lewis, RMIT University, Melbourne
Vera Mackie, University of Wollongong
Kama Maclean, University of New South Wales

Laikwan Pang, Chinese University of Hong Kong
Gary Rawnsley, Aberystwyth University
Ming-yeh Rawnsley, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
Jo Tacchi, Lancaster University
Adrian Vickers, University of Sydney
Jing Wang, MIT
Ying Zhu, City University of New York



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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General