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Article: Tropical Hong Kong: Narratives of absence and presence in Hollywood and Hong Kong films of the 1950s and 1960s

TitleTropical Hong Kong: Narratives of absence and presence in Hollywood and Hong Kong films of the 1950s and 1960s
Authors
KeywordsExoticism
Film
Hong Kong
Regionalization
Southeast Asia
Tropical
Issue Date2008
PublisherBlackwell Publishing Asia. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.blackwellpublishing.com/journals/SJTG
Citation
Singapore Journal Of Tropical Geography, 2008, v. 29 n. 1, p. 8-23 How to Cite?
AbstractDespite being subtropical, Hong Kong, in both Hollywood and Hong Kong films of the 1950s and 1960s, is often filmically represented as tropical. This subtle climatic elision, I argue, holds a particular political valence that varies according to filmic tradition. In Hollywood narratives, Hong Kong's tropicality is a means to exoticize and, ultimately, marginalize the realities of the local. It is a way to turn Hong Kong's physical presence into an absence. In Hong Kong films in that same cold war environment, the relative blandness of the city is an attempt to realign its film industry with the free nations of Southeast Asia. For Hong Kong films, the strategy of tropicalization was thus a means to turn away from China and redefine Hong Kong as part of a network of capitalist, modern, overseas Chinese cities located in the sunny tropics of Southeast Asia. © Journal compilation © 2008 Department of Geography, National University of Singapore and Blackwell Publishing Asia Pty Ltd.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/177596
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2015 Impact Factor: 1.085
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.042
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dc.description.abstractDespite being subtropical, Hong Kong, in both Hollywood and Hong Kong films of the 1950s and 1960s, is often filmically represented as tropical. This subtle climatic elision, I argue, holds a particular political valence that varies according to filmic tradition. In Hollywood narratives, Hong Kong's tropicality is a means to exoticize and, ultimately, marginalize the realities of the local. It is a way to turn Hong Kong's physical presence into an absence. In Hong Kong films in that same cold war environment, the relative blandness of the city is an attempt to realign its film industry with the free nations of Southeast Asia. For Hong Kong films, the strategy of tropicalization was thus a means to turn away from China and redefine Hong Kong as part of a network of capitalist, modern, overseas Chinese cities located in the sunny tropics of Southeast Asia. © Journal compilation © 2008 Department of Geography, National University of Singapore and Blackwell Publishing Asia Pty Ltd.en_US
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dc.publisherBlackwell Publishing Asia. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.blackwellpublishing.com/journals/SJTGen_US
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dc.subjectExoticismen_US
dc.subjectFilmen_US
dc.subjectHong Kongen_US
dc.subjectRegionalizationen_US
dc.subjectSoutheast Asiaen_US
dc.subjectTropicalen_US
dc.titleTropical Hong Kong: Narratives of absence and presence in Hollywood and Hong Kong films of the 1950s and 1960sen_US
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