Kung Fu : negotiating nationalism and modernity

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'Kung fu', as a cultural imaginary consecrated in Hong Kong cinema since the 1970s, was constituted in a flux of nationalism during the historical process whereby China catches up with modernity. More specifically, it is a continuous and paradoxical cultural intervention useful for problematizing 'traditional heritage' in modem life. Partially, it constitutes the Hong Kong imaginary by negotiating the complex and conflicting experience of colonial modernity and post-coloniality.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAsian cinemas : a reader and guide
PublisherEdinburgh University Press
Number of pages26
ISBN (Print)9780748617760
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2006


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