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Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

The many meanings of a missing character: Multiple discourses of Chineseness and Chinese identity in Wayne Wang's films
by Landzberg, Judah B., M.A., University of Hawai'i at Manoa, 2015, 85; 1596276
Abstract (Summary)

This thesis highlights a method of representation that is critical of both images of Chinese powerlessness and images of Chinese power. In Chan is Missing and The Princess of Nebraska, two films by Chinese American director Wayne Wang, representations of Chineseness and Chinese identity are always determined through the discursive context in which they are enunciated. The films each employ the device of a missing subject, in order to show that its meaning does not refer to the subject itself but rather is determined through the context in which it is talked about. This creates different and often conflicting versions of the same subject, which can only be resolved by seeing that the subjects of Chineseness and Chinese identity are always a response to the contexts out of which they are discussed.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Peng, Yun
School: University of Hawai'i at Manoa
School Location: United States -- Hawaii
Source: MAI 55/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Asian American Studies, Film studies
Keywords: Chinatown, Chinese american film, Critical race studies, Film theory, Hawaii, San francisco
Publication Number: 1596276
ISBN: 978-1-321-96541-4
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