Abstract

American director David Kaplan’s 2007 Year of the Fish moves the Chinese variant of the ninth-century Cinderella story “Ye Xian” to New York City’s Chinatown in the twenty-first century. The film stands out among other Cinderella films in its accentuation of the complexity of cultural identification and offers American and other viewers a new perspective on Chinese culture through a Chinese Cinderella’s struggle in an alien and hostile environment. Fictionalizing the challenges of a specific community and representing different approaches to acculturation and cultural identification, Kaplan seems to criticize American capitalism and indicates the significance of ethnic traditions in surviving in a different culture.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1536-1802
Print ISSN
1521-4281
Pages
pp. 370-385
Launched on MUSE
2017-12-15
Open Access
No
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