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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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Re-turn to Hong Kong:

Re-turn to Hong Kong:

Authorship, Memory, Intimate Biography

(p.49) 2 Re-turn to Hong Kong:
Ann Huis Song of the Exile

Audrey Yue

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter addresses the ethics of re-turn by exploring the genre of the film and its politics of memory. It first examines the film in its historical context to map the key styles of her female authorship. It then addresses the textual authorship by approaching the film text through the framework of postcolonial feminist autobiographical cinema. It further reviews the female authorship by considering the film as melodrama. As postcolonial feminist autobiographical cinema and melodrama, Song of the Exile returns to the sites of the family home and memory to rewrite master narratives. Moreover, it emphasizes this as a narrative of re-turn by investigating the intimate histories that are inscribed in this space. For Hong Kong, the film's practices of re-turn provide an ethics to consider its current political transition as an ethics of self-fashioning and co-existence that confronts the honesty of its diasporic yet intimate relationship to the motherland, China.

Keywords:   Song of the Exile, Hong Kong, re-turn, authorship, memory, intimate biography, autobiographical cinema

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