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Cinema at the City's Edge$
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Yomi Braester and James Tweedie

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9789622099845

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622099845.001.0001

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Technology and (Chinese) Ethnicity

Technology and (Chinese) Ethnicity

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Cinema at the City's Edge

Darrell William Davis

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter reflects on the themes of technology and Chinese ethnicity using two animated films by Oshii Mamoru: Ghost in the Shell (1995) and sequel Innocence (2004). In these animations, a post-photographic world is dress rehearsal for ethnic transmutations. Ethnicity, like gender, body, and space itself, is exchangeable, fundamentally refigured in new media forms. Chinatown feels familiar in these animated environments, yet it pushes toward defamiliarized, alien, life-like zones of informational identity. Prompted by Oshii's animation, this chapter rethinks ethnicity as remediated or produced through technology, rather than reproduced from profilmic origins.

Keywords:   technology, Chinese ethnicity, Oshii Mamoru, Ghost in the Shell, Innocence, ethnicity, Chinatown, animation

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