From the transnational to the sinophone: Lesbian representations in Chinese-Language films

Alvin Ka Hin Wong

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Abstract

This article theorizes global lesbian cinema in Chinese-language films through regionalism, diaspora studies, and Sinophone studies. Through an inter-regional analysis of Butterfly (Yan Yan Mak, 2004, Hong Kong) and diasporic and Sinophone readings of Saving Face (Alice Wu, 2005, USA), I argue that Mak's film illustrates a Hong Kong regional retranslation of a Taiwanese lesbian story, which complicates any claim to a stable "Chinese" identity. Finally, Wu's representation of lesbianism also troubles the politics of Chineseness by pointing to the ways diasporic reproduction of "community" works through the disciplining of other non-normative sexualities.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)307-322
Number of pages16
JournalJournal of Lesbian Studies
Volume16
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Gender Studies

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