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Ann Huis Song of the Exile$
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Audrey Yue

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9789888028757

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888028757.001.0001

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The Diasporas of Hong Kong

The Diasporas of Hong Kong

(p.7) 1 The Diasporas of Hong Kong
Ann Huis Song of the Exile

Audrey Yue

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter analyzes the intimate relationship between the homeland and the diaspora. It first offers a critical overview of Ann On-wah Hui's films to show the centrality of the diaspora in her oeuvre. It then explores the film's representations of homelands (Britain, China, and Japan) to illustrate the diaspora's intrinsic yet contradictory relationship to the homeland. It also demonstrates how new practices of diasporic intimacies are produced by the displacement of migration. The film's representations of the second home (Macau, Manchuria) are further evaluated to critically consider its excentric location as a new ontology for Hong Kong modernity. The diasporas featured in Song of the Exile question the place of home and its condition of belonging. Diasporic intimacy and second homes provide a new ontological and genealogical beginning to considering Hong Kong modernity.

Keywords:   diaspora, Hong Kong, Ann On-wah Hui, Britain, China, Japan, Macau, Manchuria, migration

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