Critics frequently describe the influence of America, through Hollywood and other cultural industries, as a form of cultural imperialism. This unidirectional model of interaction does t address, however, the counter-flows of Chinese-language films into the American film market or the influence of Chinese filmmakers, film stars, and aesthetics in Hollywood. The aim of this collection is to (re)consider the complex dynamics of transnational cultural flows between American and Chinese-language film industries. The goal is to bring a more historical perspective to the subject, focusing as much on the Hollywood influence on early Shanghai or postwar Hong Kong films as on the intensifying flows between American and Chinese-language cinemas in recent decades. Contributors emphasize the processes of appropriation and reception involved in transnational cultural practices, examining film production, distribution, and reception.
Lisa Funnell is a Lecturer in the Women's and Gender Studies Program at the University of Oklahoma, USA. She is co-editor of Transnational Asian Identities in Pan-Pacific Cinemas: The Reel Asian Exchange (Routledge, 2012). Man-Fung Yip is an Assistant Professor in the Film and Media Studies Program at the University of Oklahoma, USA.