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Hong Kong/Hollywood at the Borders:
Alternative Perspectives, Alternative Cinemas

April 2-4, 2004
University of Hong Kong and the Hong Kong Film Archive

April 5, 2004
University of Macau

This Fulbright symposium features panels and presentations on the
current state
and historical underpinnings of American and Hong Kong film culture.  The
event builds on the considerable body of work that has begun to take
shape around the connections between the Hong Kong and Hollywood
commercial film industries.  Expanding beyond commercial cinema
practices, Hong Kong/Hollywood at the Borders also considers
documentaries, experimental films, digital arts, television, and video as
various media link Hong Kong and America outside of the Hollywood
paradigm.  The symposium encourages a fresh perspective on topics
including Hong Kong filmmakers working in Hollywood, American-
educated filmmakers working in Hong Kong, genres of common concern
(e.g., action, martial arts, comedy, and melodrama), economic and
industrial links between Hong Kong and Hollywood involving transnational
capital flows, labor migrations, and the globalization of culture and media,
and issues involving gender, class, race, ethnicity, political affiliations and
national formations.  Previously neglected historical documents and
difficult to access films offer new materials for scholarly consideration, and
the development of Hong Kong’s relationship to the American film industry
immediately before and after 1997 continues to merit scholarly attention.

Assessing the links between Hong Kong New Wave cinema and the rise
of the American independents forms the foundation for further critical
consideration of the connections between Asian American film, Hong
Kong experimental and alternative media, and other non-commercial film
practices.  In addition, the symposium welcomes scholarship on Hong
Kong and American film within the wider context of international film
culture, including discussion of competition between the industries in
Asia, international film festivals, and in relation to the development of
global film aesthetics.   Cinema practices at the border of Hong Kong and
Hollywood, including (but not limited to) connections with Canada, Korea,
Thailand, Taiwan, and the People’s Republic, are included.

        The Fulbright symposium takes place on April 2-3 (Friday and
Saturday) at the Centre for Asian Studies at the University of Hong Kong.
On April 4, the venue shifts to the Hong Kong Film Archive.  The April 5
seminar takes place at the University of Macau.  For further information on
the event at the University of Macau, contact:  Dr. Tan See Kam at
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        All participants are responsible for their own travel and
accommodations.  Unfortunately, the project cannot provide travel
reimbursement or honoraria.  For out of town participants,
accommodations will be available at a special rate. For information on
rates and reservations, please contact Pauline Lau of the Hong Kong-
America Center at [log in to unmask]
        The symposium is jointly sponsored by the Fulbright Program
in Hong Kong, the Hong Kong-America Center, the Hong Kong Film
Archive, the Centre for Asian Studies, the American Studies Program and
the Department of Comparative Literature at the University of Hong Kong.
Special thanks to the Hong Kong International Film Festival.  The
symposium organizing committee consists of Glenn Shive (Hong Kong
America Center), Ramona Curry (Fulbright, Hong Kong Baptist University),
Amy Lee (Fulbright, University of Hong Kong), Nicole Hess (Fulbright,
University of Hong Kong), Staci Ford (University of Hong Kong), Tan See
Kam (University of Macau), and Gina Marchetti (University of Hong Kong).
        If you would like to participate, please contact:  Dr. Gina
Marchetti, Fulbright Visiting Associate Professor, American Studies,
University of Hong Kong, telephone (852) 2859-2763 or e-mail
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