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Hong Kong in the Cold War$
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Priscilla Roberts and John M. Carroll

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9789888208005

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888208005.001.0001

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“Reel Sisters” and Other Diplomacy

“Reel Sisters” and Other Diplomacy

Cathay Studios and Cold War Cultural Production

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Hong Kong in the Cold War

Stacilee Ford

Hong Kong University Press

For a pivotal period, Cathay led the way in offering audiences a range of representations of new types of Chinese womanhood (and manhood). Its characters and their celebrity counterparts displayed tropes of moderate Chinese modernity updated for the postwar and Cold War context. Sending signals about how a new generation of Chinese youth could successfully negotiate the changes around them, Hong Kong became a key site of other diplomacy as well as knowledge production about social change, and a fertile ground for future collaborations and bonding across sub-ethnic and intra-ethnic differences. Cathay films also fueled a sense of pride in the resilience of the diasporic Chinese population in many settings, offering a blueprint on how to succeed in the various cultural landscapes in which they lived, loved, and worked.

Keywords:   Hong Kong, China, History, Politics, Cold War, Communism, Capitalism, Culture, Economics, Intelligence

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