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Independent Filmmaking across Borders in Contemporary Asia examines an array of auteur-driven fiction and documentary independent film projects that have emerged since the turn of the millennium from East and Southeast Asia, a strand of transnational filmmaking that converges with Asia’s vibrant yet unevenly developed independent film movements amidst global neoliberalism. These projects bear witness to and are shaped by the ongoing historical processes of inter-Asia interaction characterized by geopolitical realignment, migration, and population displacement. This study threads together case studies of internationally acclaimed filmmakers, artists, and collectives such as Zhang Lu, Kuzoku, Li Ying, Takamine Go, Yamashiro Chikako, and Midi Z, all of whose transborder journeys and cinematic imaginations disrupt static identity affiliations built upon national, ethnic, or cultural differences. This border-crossing filmmaking can be viewed as both an aesthetic practice and a political act, reframing how people, places, and their interconnections can be perceived — thereby opening up possibilities to reimagine Asia and its connections to globalization.

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  1. Cover
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  1. Half-Title Page, Series Page, Title Page
  2. pp. i-iii
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  1. Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. iv-vi
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  1. Table of Contents
  2. pp. vi-xi
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. pp. 13-16
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  1. Author's Note
  2. pp. 17-18
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  1. Introduction: Beyond the Homeland and Diaspora
  2. pp. 19-26
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  1. 1. The Art of the Dissensual: Independent Border-Crossing Cinema in Asia
  2. pp. 27-68
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  1. 2. A Landscape Over There: Rethinking Translocality in Zhang Lu’s Border-Crossing Films
  2. pp. 69-98
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  1. 3. Fading Hometown and Lost Paradise: Kuzoku’s Politics of (Dis)location
  2. pp. 99-128
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  1. 4. Li Ying's Films of Displacement: Towards an Im/Possible Chinese-in-Japan Cinema
  2. pp. 129-162
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  1. 5. Okinawan Dream Show: Approaching Okinawa in Moving Image Works into the New Millennium
  2. pp. 163-198
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  1. 6. Homecoming Myanmar: Approaching Okinawa in Moving Image Works into the New Millennium
  2. pp. 199-228
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  1. Postscript: The Promise of Subversive Art
  2. pp. 229-246
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  1. Filmography
  2. pp. 247-252
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  1. Bibliography
  2. pp. 253-270
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 271-278
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