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Outside and Beyond “The National”: A Case Study of Ang Lee’s Cinema in Hollywood
  This article takes perhaps the most successful film- maker of Chinese origin, Ang Lee, out of his Taiwanese context of discussion and investigates the ways that his transnational/global filmmaking intersects with Chinese cultural identities and influences. This further problematizes the concept of national cinema and notions of “the national” as being defined within the boundaries of a nation-state. In the era of globalization, the fixed notions of national are problematic in thinking through cross-cultural communication (which is not unidirectional if it is to be successful). Ang Lee’s films take place in cross-cultural, transnational settings and deal with the themes of Chinese/Taiwanese diaspora, homosexuality, and cultural identity. The analysis of “Chineseness” in Ang Lee’s trans- national/Hollywood cinema help us interpret more productively the interface between global and local, national and transnational.

  • Date:

    30 November 2019

  • Publication Status:


  • Publisher

    Maison des sciences de l’Homme

  • Funders:

    Historic Funder (pre-Worktribe)


Li, J. (2019). Outside and Beyond “The National”: A Case Study of Ang Lee’s Cinema in Hollywood. In Q. Li, & R. Conte (Eds.), Migration & Memory: Arts and Cinemas of The Chinese Diaspora (21-39). Paris: Maison des sciences de l’Homme



National cinema, Imagined communities, Cultural identity, Chineseness, Transnationalism, Ang Lee

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