Globalization and hybridization in cultural production : a tale of two films

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East-west identities : globalization, localization, and hybridization

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Chinese Language, Globalization, Hybridization, Neocolonial Discourse, Social Hierarchy, Transnational Capitalism


The concept of hybridization falls short of acknowledging structural inequalities, and has allegedly become a neocolonial discourse that is complicit with transnational capitalism. In 2001, a Chinese-language martial arts film became the highest grossing foreign-language film in the history of Hollywood. This chapter argues that globalization and hybridization have become ever more intertwined and multivalent, and are far from being a one-way flow of capital, talent and ideas. Compatibility of rank and social hierarchy was probably the main consideration for all marriages in feudal China. The multi-layered writing comprises the work of Chinese-language scriptwriters Wang Hui-ling and Tsai Kuo-jong, Ang Lee’s own translation, James Schamus’s rewrite and overwrite, and Lee’s rewrite, and colloquial expressions, literary language, classical, provincial and Western and Chinese language.



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ISBN of the source publication: 9789004151697

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Yeh, E. Y.-y. (2007). Globalization and hybridization in cultural production: A tale of two films. In K.-b. Chan, J. W. Walls, & D. Hayward (Eds.), East-west identities: Globalization, localization, and hybridization (pp. 77-98). Leiden: Brill.