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The New Asian CityThree-Dimensional Fictions of Space and Urban Form$
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Jini Kim Watson

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780816675722

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816675722.001.0001

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Mobility and Migration in Taiwanese New Cinema

Mobility and Migration in Taiwanese New Cinema

(p.203) 6 Mobility and Migration in Taiwanese New Cinema
The New Asian City

Jini Kim Watson

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter examines the symbolic logic of official nationalism and its metaphoric use of infrastructural development. It considers the tropes of migration and transportation in Taiwanese New Cinema and the early work of Hou Hsiao-Hsien. While poetry was the most relevant medium for reinscriptions of nationalism in Singapore, the early films of Hou, the major figure of the Taiwanese New Cinema movement, have provocatively recast elements of Kuomintang (KMT)-led development and modernity. The chapter concludes with a discussion of the KMT’s emphasis on developing light industry, mechanizing agriculture, and improving transport and infrastructure during the 1960s and 1970s, which intensified in proportion to the weakening of Taiwan’s political standing.

Keywords:   official nationalism, infrastructural development, migration, transportation, Taiwanese New Cinema, Hou Hsiao-Hsien, Kuomintang, KMT, Taiwan

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