Critics frequently describe the influence of "America," through Hollywood and other cultural industries, as a form of cultural imperialism. This unidirectional model of interaction does not address, however, the counter-flows of Chinese-language films into the American film market or the influence of Chinese filmmakers, film stars, and aesthetics in Hollywood.

The aim of this collection is to (re)consider the complex dynamics of transnational cultural flows between American and Chinese-language film industries. The goal is to bring a more historical perspective to the subject, focusing as much on the Hollywood influence on early Shanghai or postwar Hong Kong films as on the intensifying flows between American and Chinese-language cinemas in recent decades. Contributors emphasize the processes of appropriation and reception involved in transnational cultural practices, examining film production, distribution, and reception.

chapter |5 pages


Examining Cultural Flows

part |61 pages

Style, Narrative, Form

chapter |14 pages

A Tale of Two Cinemas

Embracing and Rejecting Hollywood's Influence in 1930s Shanghai

chapter |15 pages

Sounding Glocal

Synthesizer Scores in Hong Kong Action Cinema

chapter |15 pages

Ang Lee's Life of Pi

A Cosmopolitical Perspective

part |69 pages

Marketing, Exhibition, Reception

chapter |17 pages

Cinema, Propaganda, and Networks of Experience

Exhibiting Chongqing Cinema in New York

chapter |16 pages

Defenders of the Palace

Chinese-Language Movie Theaters and the Fight over Semi-private Spaces

chapter |17 pages

Reading Hollywood in Postwar Shanghai

From The Metro News to Western Movie Pictorial

part |32 pages

Performance, Identity, Representation

chapter |15 pages

Performing Nationality

The Fifth Generation as an "American" Transnational Cinema

chapter |15 pages

Colliding Fact and Fiction

Techno-Orientalism and Violence of the Ethical Other in Chen Shi-Zheng's Dark Matter