From the Transnational to the Sinophone: Lesbian Representations in Chinese-Language Films

  title={From the Transnational to the Sinophone: Lesbian Representations in Chinese-Language Films},
  author={Alvin Ka Hin Wong},
  journal={Journal of Lesbian Studies},
  pages={307 - 322}
This article theorizes global lesbian cinema in Chinese-language films through regionalism, diaspora studies, and Sinophone studies. Through an inter-regional analysis of Butterfly (Yan Yan Mak, 2004, Hong Kong) and diasporic and Sinophone readings of Saving Face (Alice Wu, 2005, USA), I argue that Mak's film illustrates a Hong Kong regional retranslation of a Taiwanese lesbian story, which complicates any claim to a stable “Chinese” identity. Finally, Wu's representation of lesbianism also… 
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