Reorienting Chinese Stars in Global Polyphonic Networks

Voice, Ethnicity, Power

Authors: Lau, Dorothy Wai Sim

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  • Deals explicitly with the lingual/phonic/vocal personae of Chinese film stars and provides a methodological reorientation of Chinese star studies.
  • Covers a wide-ranging constellation of Chinese stars whose stardom spans across geographies, industries, and genres
  • Offers an interdisciplinary approach of star studies, Chinese film studies, new media studies, and cultural studies all relevant to linguistic or phonic cultural productions.
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This monograph offers a cutting edge perspective on the study of Chinese film stars by advancing a “linguaphonic” model, moving away from a conceptualization of transnational Chinese stardom reliant on the centrality of either action or body. It encompasses a selection of individual personalities from the most iconic Bruce Lee, Michelle Yeoh, and Maggie Cheung to the not-yet-full-fledged Takeshi Kaneshiro, Jay Chou, and Tang Wei to the newest Fan Binging, Liu Yifei, Wen Ming-Na, and Sammi Cheng who are exemplary to the star-making practices in the designated sites of articulations. This volume notably pivots on specific phonic modalities – spoken forms of tongues, manners of enunciation, styles of vocalization -- as means to mine ethnic and ideological underpinnings of Chinese stardom.  By indicating a methodological shift from the visual-based to aural-based vectors, it asserts the phonic as a legitimate bearing that can generate novel vigor in the reimagination of Chineseness. By exhausting the critical affordability of the phonic, this book unravels the polemics of visuality and aurality, body and voice, as well as onscreen personae and offscreen existence, remapping the contours of the ethnic fame-making in the global mediascape. 

About the authors

Dorothy Wai Sim Lau is Assistant Professor at the Academy of Film, Hong Kong Baptist University. Her research interests include stardom, fandom, film theory, Asian cinema, transnational cinema, cyberculture, and digital culture. Her first monograph, Chinese Stardom in Participatory Cyberculture, was published in 2019. Other publications have appeared in peer-reviewed journals such as positions: asia media critique, Journal of Chinese Cinemas, Journal of Asian Cinema, and Continuum as well as a number of edited volumes. She is the Principal Investigator of the project entitled “Renegotiating Film Authorship in Cyberspace: Chinese Filmmakers, Global Fans, Politics of Participation” granted by “UGC RGC Early Career Scheme,” Hong Kong (HKD 405,000).

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)
  • Introduction: Laying out the Terrain of Voice-Driven Star Discourse in Chinese Cinemas

    Pages 1-21

    Lau, Dorothy Wai Sim

  • Mediating Action and Speech: Michelle Yeoh’s Star Discourse in Pan-Pacific Connections

    Pages 25-44

    Lau, Dorothy Wai Sim

  • Fan Bingbing and the Sound of the Rising China

    Pages 45-64

    Lau, Dorothy Wai Sim

  • From “King of Mandopop” to the New “Kato”: Jay Chou’s Transnational Stardom and His Brand of Coolness

    Pages 65-86

    Lau, Dorothy Wai Sim

  • Tang Wei’s Stardom in and Beyond Sinophone Media Culture: Linguistic Versatility, Public Reception, Chinese-Korean Cultural Imagination

    Pages 89-109

    Lau, Dorothy Wai Sim

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Reorienting Chinese Stars in Global Polyphonic Networks
Book Subtitle
Voice, Ethnicity, Power
Authors
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-981-16-0313-6
DOI
10.1007/978-981-16-0313-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-16-0312-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 220
Number of Illustrations
26 b/w illustrations
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