'Kung fu', as a cultural imaginary consecrated in Hong Kong cinema since the 1970s, was constituted in a flux of nationalism during the historical process whereby China catches up with modernity. More specifically, it is a continuous and paradoxical cultural intervention useful for problematizing 'traditional heritage' in modem life. Partially, it constitutes the Hong Kong imaginary by negotiating the complex and conflicting experience of colonial modernity and post-coloniality.
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Kung Fu : negotiating nationalism and modernityAsian cinemas : a reader and guide
Document TypeBook chapter
PublisherEdinburgh University Press
Additional InformationISBN of the source publication: 9780748617760
Citation InformationLi, S. L. (2006). Kung Fu: Negotiating nationalism and modernity. In D. Eleftheriotis & G. Needham (Eds.), Asian cinemas: A reader and guide (pp. 100-125). Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.