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
ByLisa Funnell, Man-Fung Yip

part |61 pages

Style, Narrative, Form

chapter |14 pages

A Tale of Two Cinemas

Embracing and Rejecting Hollywood's Influence in 1930s Shanghai
ByAlison Hulme

chapter |15 pages

Sounding Glocal

Synthesizer Scores in Hong Kong Action Cinema
ByKatherine Spring

chapter |15 pages

Ang Lee's Life of Pi

A Cosmopolitical Perspective
ByKin-Yan Szeto

part |47 pages


chapter |15 pages

Martial Arts Cinema and Minor Transnationalism

ByMan-Fung Yip

chapter |15 pages

The Chinese War Film

Reframing National History in Transnational Cinema
ByVivian Lee

part |69 pages

Marketing, Exhibition, Reception

chapter |17 pages

Cinema, Propaganda, and Networks of Experience

Exhibiting Chongqing Cinema in New York
ByWeihong Bao, Nathaniel Brennan

chapter |16 pages

Defenders of the Palace

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

chapter |17 pages

Reading Hollywood in Postwar Shanghai

From The Metro News to Western Movie Pictorial
ByLunpeng Ma

chapter |17 pages

Watching Anna May Wong in Republican China

ByYiman Wang

part |32 pages

Performance, Identity, Representation

chapter |15 pages

Performing Nationality

The Fifth Generation as an "American" Transnational Cinema
ByVictor Fan

chapter |15 pages

Colliding Fact and Fiction

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