[Professor Song Hwee Lim’s newest article on “Toward a Geopolitical Approach to the Study of Transnational Cinema” is now available on Post45]
In this essay, I propose a geopolitical approach to the study of transnational cinema. As we have already seen, Taiwan and Malaysia are not hermetically sealed nation-states. Rather, Chineseness as an ethnic and linguistic marker affords a substantial number of Malaysia’s Chinese population, a minority there, to imagine, if not make real, the prospect of studying, working, living, and even making films in Taiwan — or, like the Malaysia-based Chong, of having one’s film recognized in Taiwan. Geopolitical realities govern the world of filmmaking. I map out three geopolitical configurations — Malaysia and Thailand; Malaysia and Taiwan; Taiwan and China — as they relate to the notion of transnational Chinese cinemas.
extracted from “Toward a Geopolitical Approach to the Study of Transnational Cinema”
By Song Hwee Lim