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Postcolonialism, Diaspora, and Alternative HistoriesThe Cinema of Evans Chan$
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Tony Williams

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9789888208166

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888208166.001.0001

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“Absurd Connections,” or Cosmopolitan Conviviality in The Map of Sex and Love

“Absurd Connections,” or Cosmopolitan Conviviality in The Map of Sex and Love

(p.41) Chapter Five “Absurd Connections,” or Cosmopolitan Conviviality in The Map of Sex and Love
Postcolonialism, Diaspora, and Alternative Histories

Kenneth Chan

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter deliberates on Evans Chan’s critical vision in The Map of Sex and Love’s absurd connections while at the same time refracting theoretically through Paul Gilroy’s conception of “demotic cosmopolitanism.” The film, which shows a moment when three Hong Kong lives intersect, allows Chan to marry the local with the global, in ironic resistance to and contestation of unrelenting transnational capitalist strategies, to envision a world of codependence, connection, and conviviality. The film does not eschew political complicities and human failings, for it embraces the notion of shared responsibility and critique, to create a roadmap guiding us into an uncertain global future.

Keywords:   Evans Chan, Paul Gilroy, Demotic cosmopolitanism, Sexuality, Responsibility, feeling

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