29. Alter-centering Chinese Cinema

The Diasporic Formation

  1. Yingjin Zhang2,3
  1. Yiman Wang

Published Online: 2 JUL 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781444355994.ch29

A Companion to Chinese Cinema, A

A Companion to Chinese Cinema, A

How to Cite

Wang, Y. (2012) Alter-centering Chinese Cinema, in A Companion to Chinese Cinema, A (ed Y. Zhang), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444355994.ch29

Editor Information

  1. 2

    University of California, San Diego, USA

  2. 3

    Shanghai Jiaotong University, China

Author Information

  1. University of California, Santa Cruz, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 2 JUL 2012
  2. Published Print: 19 MAR 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781444330298

Online ISBN: 9781444355994



  • diasporic formation, alter-centering Chinese Cinema;
  • Chinese cinema and diaspora, articulating “home” or “imagined togetherness”;
  • Chinese diaspora filmmaking, four facets, key figures, groups, practices;
  • diaspora, outside migrations, and internal diaspora within Sinophone regions;
  • diasporic documentary of Japan, Persisting with Tears in Eyes;
  • diasporic, home and “Chineseness” in context of diasporic Chinese cinema;
  • diasporic memory, “vertically” oriented, to “homeland” and “collective level”;
  • Chinese diaspora, an internal as well as external diaspora;
  • adoptive land, a vertical attachment to “homeland” and lateral networking;
  • diasporic filmmaking, inherent to a construction of Chinese cinema


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Pre-World War II Diasporic Filmmakers Inside and Outside the Sinophone Area

  • World War II and Civil War Migration

  • Flexible Filmmaking: Hong Kong, China, and the Global Turn

  • Shuttling In-Between, Going Nonmainstream, and Creolizing the Sinophone

  • Conclusion