Cover

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pp. 1-1

Title Page, Copyright, Dedication

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pp. i-vi

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

List of Illustrations

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pp. ix-x

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Acknowledgments

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pp. xi-xii

...My collaborator and colleague Françoise Lionnet and her important work in Francophone studies inspired me to consider “Sinophone studies” as a field of study. Our collaboration on transnational and comparative studies of minority cultures over the past eight years has resulted in more than just a coedited volume...

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About Romanization

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pp. xiii-xiv

...This book tries to follow the different romanization practices in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and China whenever possible, but generally follows the pinyin system per scholarly convention in the United States...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-39

...signs glared conspicuously in green from above the doors flanking the screen. The soundtrack crackled as the volume was turned up to an almost unbearable level, which is characteristic of the theaters in this intimate outpost of Taipei City, known for its hurried replications of Taipei cosmopolitanism. Outside the theater were streets crowded with shops and cars, peddling...

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1. Globalization and Minoritization

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pp. 40-61

...which tries to yoke the production of contemporary subjectivities to late capitalist processes. Frequently connected to the notion of flexibility is the widely used metaphor of flow. The mass migration of people; the hypercompression of space-time brought about by advancements in communications and electronic technologies; the hyperreal, disembodied movement of money and commodities; and so forth...

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2. A Feminist Transnationality

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pp. 62-85

...immigration, not the feminist transnational collectivity or coalition that engages in feminist work across national borders. Thus feminist transnationality should be distinguished from transnational feminism or transnational feminist practice. In designating the work of Chinese immigrant artist Hung Liu as working through a particular kind of feminist transnationality, my intent is to register the location of the immigrant artist articulating...

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3. The Geopolitics of Desire

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pp. 86-116

...were becoming increasingly commonplace. On the one hand, given the need for strategic market penetration and expansion beyond national boundaries, such coproductions tended to render ambiguous which “state” they were speaking for or against. On the other hand, the availability of electronic mediation greatly facilitated the tra‹c of popular cultural productions among these sites. The combination...

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4. The Incredible Heaviness of Ambiguity

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pp. 117-139

...I begin this chapter with a series of anecdotal observations as a way to comment on Taiwan’s haphazard, fragmentary, disorganized, and unstable state of cultural and economic relations with China, which underscores the di‹cult question of identity for Taiwan. Amid calls to bid “farewell to China,” as well as considerable success in reconstructing local history and culture in Taiwan in its particularity, the question of identity in Taiwan continues to be intimately imbricated with China. This imbrication is the locality of the Sinophone...

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5. After National Allegory

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pp. 140-164

...After the pomp and spectacle of the turnover ceremony on July 1, 1997, a strange calmness settled on Hong Kong. The rain had been pouring heavily, the People’s Liberation Army had marched in, and Chinese immigrant composer Tan Dun’s symphony had drenched the Hong Kongers with a combination of the Chinese imperial(ist) grandeur of fifth-century b.c. musical...

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6. Cosmopolitanism among Empires

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pp. 165-182

...It seems again to be the case that the age of empire is upon us, and it behooves us to consider this return of the age of empire in the contemporary historical context in order to ask the question whether a Taiwan cosmopolitanism is possible. The aim of this contextualization is to search for ways of understanding cosmopolitan expressions of Sinophone cultures such as Taiwan’s, even...

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Conclusion.: The Time and Place of the Sinophone

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pp. 183-192

...are themselves but constructs that have exercised various forms of symbolic or physical violence against those who are either problematically included or flagrantly excluded. Within any regime of authenticity, inclusion and exclusion often trace violent boundaries, but the diªerence between inclusion and exclusion can also be a matter of degree. The various fault...

Images

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pp. 193-200

Notes

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pp. 201-226

Selected Bibliography

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pp. 227-238

Index

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pp. 239-251

Production Notes

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pp. 252-252