Globalization and hybridization in cultural production : a tale of two films

Georgette WANG, Yueh Yu, Emilie YEH

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The concept of hybridization falls short of acknowledging structural inequalities, and has allegedly become a neocolonial discourse that is complicit with transnational capitalism. In 2001, a Chinese-language martial arts film became the highest grossing foreign-language film in the history of Hollywood. This chapter argues that globalization and hybridization have become ever more intertwined and multivalent, and are far from being a one-way flow of capital, talent and ideas. Compatibility of rank and social hierarchy was probably the main consideration for all marriages in feudal China. The multi-layered writing comprises the work of Chinese-language scriptwriters Wang Hui-ling and Tsai Kuo-jong, Ang Lee’s own translation, James Schamus’s rewrite and overwrite, and Lee’s rewrite, and colloquial expressions, literary language, classical, provincial and Western and Chinese language.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEast-west identities : globalization, localization, and hybridization
Number of pages22
ISBN (Print)9789004151697
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2007
Externally publishedYes


  • Chinese Language
  • Globalization
  • Hybridization
  • Neocolonial Discourse
  • Social Hierarchy
  • Transnational Capitalism


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