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By Wimal Dissanayake

"... an enormous collective paintings for communique practitioners, scholars, and students who are looking to have a deeper knowing of movie making in Asia and of the merchandising of nationalism via communication." ―Media Asia

"... a momentous contribution to the research of colonialism and postcoloniality in Asia... " ―The magazine of Asian Studies

"This is a wonderful version for reviews in how the preferred, paintings, and experimental cinemas functionality within the attention of nationhood as a configuration of symbols.... This anthology offers an enticing dialogue via delivering a theoretical framework from which to envision the complicated subject matters of kingdom, kingdom, id formation, and collective background within the realm of cinema. It turns into an excellent more suitable software via taking part in itself out inside a various Asian context." ―Afterimage

Essays study the illustration of the interlocking discourses of nationhood and heritage in Asian cinema, facing movie traditions in Japan, China, Taiwan, Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, India, Sri Lanka, and Australia.

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As she comes to understand and appreciate the lifeways of the Dai, Li Chun begins to develop a deep empathy for them. Their love of nature, beauty, and instinctual life is contrasted with the contrivedness, hy Page xix pocrisy, and falsity of urban life. It is indeed a learning experience for her and she begins to acquire a greater sense of her own identity; her process of selfdiscovery takes place against the background and in contrast to the lifeworld of the Dai minority. Although this film contains nothing of the radical nature that characterized Death by Hanging, it too in its own way serves to bring into the open the troubled relationship among place, space, identity and the problematics of nationhood, by focusing on the hegemony of the Han majority in Chinese society.

Anthony Giddens seeks to explain nationalism largely in terms of psychological dimensions as related to the transformations of human experiences initiated by the processes of social modernization. Partha Chatterjee takes a decidedly political attitude to the whole question of nationhood and points out how it is vitally imbricated with epistemology. For him nationalism should give rise to a double decolonization, one ontological and the other epistemological. It is his considered view that political emancipation from colonial bondage by itself, important as it is, does not ensure the inauguration of a new history, a new sense of subjectivity and an assertion of agency.

In order to effectuate productive social arrangements there should be a legitimizing ideology of the polity, and the idea of nationhood, in his view, accomplishes that. Hobsbawm is of the view that nationhood displays a certain cunningness in that it serves to preserve a threatened way of life of the privileged by drawing on the past for historical validation. Anthony Giddens seeks to explain nationalism largely in terms of psychological dimensions as related to the transformations of human experiences initiated by the processes of social modernization.

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