Early Film Culture in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Republican China: Kaleidoscopic Histories
edited by Emilie Yueh-yu Yeh
University of Michigan Press
364 pages, 10 figures, 13 tables, 2018
ISBN (open access): 978-0-472-90102-9
Publisher website: https://www.press.umich.edu/9731616/early_film_culture_in_hong_kong_taiwan_and_republican_china
This volume features new work on cinema in early twentieth-century Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Republican China. Looking beyond relatively well-studied cities like Shanghai, these essays foreground cinema’s relationship with imperialism and colonialism and emphasize the rapid development of cinema as a sociocultural institution. These essays examine where films were screened; how cinema-going as a social activity adapted from and integrated with existing social norms and practices; the extent to which Cantonese opera and other regional performance traditions were models for the development of cinematic conventions; the role foreign films played in the development of cinema as an industry in the Republican era; and much more.