Title

Elvis, allow me to introduce myself : American music and neocolonialism in Taiwan cinema

Document Type

Journal article

Source Publication

Modern Chinese Literature and Culture = 中國現代文學

Publication Date

1-1-2013

Volume

15

Issue

1

First Page

1

Last Page

28

Publisher

Foreign Language Publications

Abstract

Music in Edward Yang's film oeuvre is characterized by a wide variety of styles. Disparity and disjunction seem to be key to Edward Yang's work. The disparity between the English and Chinese titles in several of his films points to Yang's embodiment of a hybrid identity: American, Chinese mainland, and Taiwan cultures. Born in Shanghai of Hakka origin, raised in Taiwan as a second-generation mainland emigre, and trained and employed as an engineer in the United States, Yang shuttles between his Chinese upbringing and a cosmopolitan sensibility. Compared to the films of another Taiwan director, Hou Hsiao-hsien, who prefers rural motifs, Yang's works are marked by urban themes and, more important, "glocal," hybrid cultural sentiments and wry humor.

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15209857

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Yeh, E. Y.-y. (2003). Elvis, allow me to introduce myself: American music and neocolonialism in Taiwan cinema. Modern Chinese Literature and Culture, 15(1), 1-28. Retrieved from http://www.jstor.org/stable/41490892