Rey Chow is arguably one of the most prominent intellectuals working in the humanities today. Characteristically confronting both entrenched and emergent issues in the interlocking fields of literature, film and visual studies, sexuality and gender, postcolonialism, ethnicity, and cross-cultural politics, her works produce surprising connections among divergent topics at the same time as they compel us to think through the ethical and political ramifications of our academic, epistemic, and cultural practices. This anthology - the first to collect key moments in Chow's engaging thought - provides readers with an ideal introduction to some of her most forceful theoretical explorations. Organized into two sections, each of which begins with a brief statement designed to establish linkages among various discursive fields through Chow's writings, the anthology also contains an extensive Editor's Introduction, which situates Chow's work in the context of contemporary critical debates. For all those pursuing transnational cultural theory and cultural studies, this book is an essential resource.
Praise for Rey Chow
"[Rey Chow is] methodologically situated in the contentious spaces between critical theory and cultural studies, and always attending to the implications of ethnicity." Social Semiotics
"Rich and powerful work that provides both a dazzling synthesis of contemporary cultural theory and at the same time an exemplary critique of Chinese cinema."China Information
"Should be read by all who are concerned with the future of human rights, liberalism, multiculturalism, identity politics, and feminism."Dorothy Ko
"Wide-ranging, theoretically rich, and provocative... completely restructures the problem of ethnicity."Fredric Jameson
Editor's IntroductionAcknowledgmentsPart 1. Modernity and Postcolonial Ethnicity 1. The Age of the World Target: Atomic Bombs, by AlteritySeeing Is DestroyingThe World Becomes VirtualThe Orbit of Self and OtherFrom Atomic Bombs to Area Studies2. The Postcolonial Difference: Lessons in Cultural Legitimation3. From Writing Diaspora: Introduction: Leading QuestionsOrientalism and East Asia: The Persistence of a Scholarly TraditionSanctifying the "Subaltern": The Productivity of White GuiltTactics of InterventionThe Chinese Lesson4. Brushes with the-Other-as-Face: Stereotyping and Cross-Ethnic RepresentationThe Inevitability of Stereotypes in Cross-Ethnic Representation5. The Politics of Admittance: Female Sexual Agency, by MiscegenationRace and the Problem of AdmittanceCommunity Formation and Sexual Difference: A Double Theoretical DiscourseWhat Does the Woman of Color Want?The Force of MiscegenationCommunity Building Among Theorists of Postcoloniality6. When Whiteness Feminizes . . . : Some Consequences of a Supplementary LogicIs "Woman" a Woman, by a ManPart 2. Filmic Visuality and Transcultural Politics 7. Film and Cultural Identity8. Seeing Modern China: Toward a Theory of Ethnic Spectatorship9. The Dream of a Butterfly"East Is East and West Is West, by and Ne'er the Twain Shall Meet""The Beauty. . . of Her Death. It's a. . . Pure Sacrifice"The Force of Butterfly; or, by the "Oriental Woman" as Phallus"Under the Robes, by Beneath Everything"It's Not the Story; It's the Music"Madame Butterfly, by C'est MoiCoda: New Questions for Cultural Difference and Identity10. Film as Ethnography; or, by Translation Between Cultures in the Postcolonial WorldThe Primacy of To-Be-Looked-At-nessTranslation and the Problem of OriginsTranslation as "Cultural Resistance"The "Third Term"Weakness, by FluidityThe Light of the Arcade11. A Filmic Staging of Postwar Geotemporal Politics: On Akira Kurosawa's No Regrets for Our Youth, by Sixty Years LaterCoda12. From Sentimental Fabulations, by Contemporary Chinese Films: Attachment in the Age of Global VisibilityIntroductionHighlights of a Western DisciplineImage, by TimeDefining the Sentimental in Relation to Contemporary Chinese Cinema13. The Political Economy of Vision in Happy Times and Not One Less; or, by a Different Type of MigrationAltruistic Fictions in China's Happy TimesHow to Add Back a Subtracted Child? The Transmutation and Abjection of Human Labor in Not One LessNotesIndex