This fascinating book offers fresh insight into contemporary China and the Chinese diaspora experience and consciousness through a lively and innovative examination of media old and new. Exploring the relationship between media, mobility, and the formation of transnational subjectivities, Wanning Sun shows how media production and consumption within China and among Chinese diasporic communities contributes to a changing sense of self, place, space, and nation. Writing with verve and understanding, Sun draws on a close reading of print, film, television, internet, and other new media technologies to draw a rich picture of the Chinese transnational imagination.
Wanning Sun is lecturer in media studies at Curtin University of Technology, Perth.
Chapter 1 Introduction: Leaving China Chapter 2 Going Home or Going Places: Television in the Village Chapter 3 Going Abroad or Staying Home: Cinema, Fantasy, and the World City Chapter 4 Arriving at the Global City: Television Dramas and Spatial Imagination Chapter 5 Haggling in the Margin: Videotapes and Paradiasporic Audiences Chapter 6 Fantasizing the Homeland: The Internet, Memory, and Exilic Longings Chapter 7 Eating Food and Telling Stories: From Home(land) to Homepage Chapter 8 Fragmenting the National Time-Space: Media Events in the Satellite Age Chapter 9 Chinese in the Global Village: Olympics and an Electronic Nation Chapter 10 Conclusion: Toward a Transnational China?