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Trauma, Memory & Politics in Martial Arts Cinema

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Transnational Chinese ‘period’ cinema (e.g. wuxia pian, costume epics) is situated in a haunting space intersecting modernity, tradition, mythic ‘Chineseness’, and official memory production within the cultural identities/identifications of diasporic ethnic Chinese. SOFT POWER, POLITICS & MARTIAL ARTS The soft power of Chinese nation-state/market forces produces selective remembrances of historical traumas (e.g. British colonialists, imperial Japanese invasion) through mediated productions …