Elvis, allow me to introduce myself : American music and neocolonialism in Taiwan cinema

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Music in Edward Yang's film oeuvre is characterized by a wide variety of styles. Disparity and disjunction seem to be key to Edward Yang's work. The disparity between the English and Chinese titles in several of his films points to Yang's embodiment of a hybrid identity: American, Chinese mainland, and Taiwan cultures. Born in Shanghai of Hakka origin, raised in Taiwan as a second-generation mainland emigre, and trained and employed as an engineer in the United States, Yang shuttles between his Chinese upbringing and a cosmopolitan sensibility. Compared to the films of another Taiwan director, Hou Hsiao-hsien, who prefers rural motifs, Yang's works are marked by urban themes and, more important, "glocal," hybrid cultural sentiments and wry humor.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-28
Number of pages28
JournalModern Chinese Literature and Culture = 中國現代文學
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2003
Externally publishedYes



  • Neocolonialism
  • Rock music
  • American music
  • Arts songs
  • Chinese culture
  • East Asian culture
  • Western civilization
  • Musical performance
  • Animal mimicry
  • Chinese literature

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