Saturday, January 16, 2010

Hong Kong's cultural identity reflected in Jackie Chan's films

While browsing a few months back I came across this doctoral thesis written by Ding Yajuan about Jackie's films. At the time it wasn't yet in the University Library online database but today they very kindly got back to me informing me that it was now available to read.

So here is the link. When the page opens just click on ACCESS THIS ITEM at the top to download the PDF. I am off to have a good read.


A brief summary from the University website:
In the 1990s, especially the years before and after Hong Kong's return to the People's Republic of China in 1997, some celebrated and talented Hong Kong film stars, such as Jackie Chan, Yun-Fat Chow and Michelle Yeoh, sought their career success in the Western world, especially in Hollywood. By studying Jackie Chan's representative films produced in Hong Kong and in Hollywood before and after 1997, the author explores how Hong Kong's cultural identity is portrayed in his films produced in the Western world and in a city with a legacy of over a century of colonization. Moreover, the author also tries to explore whether or not the portrayal of Hong Kong's cultural identity in those films is influenced by historical and political factors, such as the handover in 1997, and other social, economic and cultural factors through analyses of the news articles published by a Hong Kong media organization, popular songs, films with other Hong Kong stars in leading roles and some relevant scholarly works produced around the year of the hand over of Hong Kong from Britain to mainland China. NYIV

Further reading:

Hong Kong Cultural Identity
in Jackie Chan's Hong Kong and Hollywood Movies: Jun Wang

Abstract: By studying Jackie Chan's four movies, two from Hong Kong(Project A and Who Am I?) and two from Hollywood (Rush Hour and Shanghai Noon), this article attempts to compare how Hong Kong
cultural identity is represented differently in Hong Kong movies with that in Hollywood movies. The method of framing analysis is used and seven frames are identified. They are: insignificance of cultural origin, exoticness, uptightness, subservience, ignorance, disrespect and downplaying heroism.


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