Transnational Memory and Popular Culture in East and Southeast Asia
With a combination of original writings and materials that I had published earlier in scholarly articles, this book can be considered as a milestone of my academic journey in the field of cultural studies that started more than a decade ago. In some ways, it represents the crystallization of the otherwise fluid academic direction and the convergence of seemingly disparate fields of interests from...
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On the night of 28 September 2014, thousands poured onto the streets of Hong Kong to protest against the use of teargas by the police in quelling otherwise peaceful demonstrators. One of the collective spontaneous actions of the crowd was their singing in unison of the city’s Cantonese popular music or Cantopop band Beyond’s Under the...
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‘I see dead people’. In just four words put across with dry trepidation, Cole Sear, the boy in M. Night Shyamalam’s Sixth Sense (1999), throws child psychiatrist Malcolm Crowe (Bruce Willis) completely off guard. Among the ghosts seen by this child of a single mother include those already deceased and Crowe, who does not realize his own passing as he mistakes his...
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For several decades, medical television dramas have been integral in the television programmes of East Asian countries. Drawing from both mytho-historical healing traditions and contemporary literary narratives, these dramas have excited audiences with the dramaturgical struggles by exalted and altruistic shamans, herbalists, acupuncturists and surgeons against the odds of evil spirits, bodily...
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Teresa Teng Li-chun (1953–1995), or Teng Li Jun (according to Wades-Giles Romanization), was the most prominent Taiwanese singer in Asia in her lifetime (Encyclopaedia Britannica 2016). Aside from her songs in Mandarin, her Cantonese-, Hoklo-, Japanese-, Malay- and English-language songs have charmed listeners in East and Southeast Asia. By the early 1980s, Teng’s popularity had become...
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This chapter is largely an adaptation from my earlier book chapter contribution titled: “Shadow and Soul: Stereoscopic Phantasmagoria and Holographic Immortalization in Transnational Chinese Celebrities.” In Asian Perspectives on Digital Culture: Emerging Phenomena, Enduring Concepts, edited by Sun Sun Lim and...
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Over a lunch with a visiting American academic of Korean descent and his wife, our discussion of Korean society inevitably touched on the regionalization of the popularity of Korean popular entertainment, now known as the ‘Korean Wave’ (Hallyu). Having left South Korea since the early 1980s, the couple seemed to have little grasp of the intensity of the regional...
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One of the main languages of southern Fujian province, Minnan (閩南語) has followed the historical flows of trade and migration along the South China Sea. Because of the heavier...
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Within a year of her death in 1995, one of Teresa Teng’s most memorable songs ‘Tian Mi Mi’ (甜蜜蜜) became the Chinese title of Hong Kong director Peter Chan’s feature film Comrades: Almost a Love Story (1996). Towards the end, Li Qiao (Maggie Cheung), who was leaving her office in a tour agency in New York...
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Dr Liew Kai Khiun is Assistant Professor at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information at Nanyang Technological University. His research interests and teaching foci cover popular transnational cultural circulations as well as cultural memories and archives in Asia.
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Contemporary Culture and Media in Asia, Edited by Daniel Black, Olivia Khoo and Koichi Iwabuchi
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