Reorienting Chinese Stars in Global Polyphonic Networks
Author: Dr Dorothy Lau, Assistant Professor of the Academy of Film
This monograph offers a cutting-edge perspective on the study of Chinese film stars by advancing a “linguaphonic” model, and it moves away from a conceptualisation of transnational Chinese stardom that is reliant on the centrality of either action or body.
It encompasses a selection of individual personalities, ranging from the iconic Bruce Lee, Michelle Yeoh, and Maggie Cheung to the not-yet-fully-fledged Takeshi Kaneshiro, Jay Chou, and Tang Wei. It also includes newer stars in the form of Fan Binging, Liu Yifei, Wen Mingna, and Sammi Cheng, who exemplify the star-making practices in the designated sites of articulation.
This volume notably pivots on specific phonic modalities – spoken forms of tongues, manners of enunciation, and styles of vocalisation – as a means to mine the ethnic and ideological underpinnings of Chinese stardom, and it also remaps the contours of ethnic fame-making in the global mediascape.