In recent years, many media producers, screenwriters, technicians and investors from the Asia-Pacific region have been attracted to projects in the People's Republic of China. The Chinese state’s willingness to consider collaboration with foreign partners is a major factor that is enticing and supporting a range of new ventures. Projects, often with a lighter commercial entertainment feel, compared with the propaganda-oriented content of the past, are multiplying. With this surge in production and the availability of resources and locations, creative talent is moving to the Mainland from South Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan and Japan. This volume examines this phenomenon, looking at examples from film, documentary, television, animation and games.
Acknowledgments / Introduction: Willing Collaborators, the Long Game, Michael Keane / 1 The New International Division of Cultural Labor, Global Media Studies, and the Cultural Rise of China, Terry Flew / 2 Collaborators, Mediators, and Processes: Film Co-production in China, Weiying Peng / 3 The New Geography of the Global Blockbuster: Wanda Scales Up, Michael Curtin / 4 The Will to Power: The BAT in and Beyond China, Michael Keane and Chunmeizi Su / 5 Two-Systems Differential: Informal Media and Decolonization in Hong Kong, Darrell William Davis / 6 Hong Kong Cinema: Reconnecting Its Southeast Asian Heritage, Peichi Chung / 7 Producing Nuanced Chinese Fantasy: A Case Study of Stephen Chow's Box Office Hit Mermaid, Hongchi Shiau and Brian Yecies / 8 China–Japan Crossover Comics: Localization, Re-localization, and Export, Anthony Fung / 9 Dreaming of Webtoons in China and the Next Korean Wave, Brian Yecies / 10 Japanese Cultural Adaptation, Formats, and Remaking in East Asia, Seiko Yasumoto / 11 Regionalizing Reality: The Rise of East Asian Collaborations in Television Production, Ju Oak Kim / 12 Localizing Korean Reality Shows in China: The Practice of Production and Censorship, Arjen Nauta / 13 Cross-Straits Online Collaboration : Multiple Publics and Intractable Institutions, Elaine Jing Zhao / 14 Pan-Asian Celebrity and Manufacturing Women’s Desires on East Asian Screens Big and Small, Tania Lim / 15 Creative Migration: Talent and Celebrity Movements to the Chinese Mainland, Danjing Joy Zhang and Michael Keane / Bibliography / Index / About the Editors and Contributors
Michael Keane is Professor of Chinese Media and Cultural Studies at Curtin University. He is Program Leader of the Digital China Lab.http://ccat-lab.org/program/digital-china-lab/ His key research interests are the digital transformation in China; East Asian cultural and media policy; and creative industries and cultural export strategies in China and East Asia. He is editor of the Handbook of China’s Cultural and Creative Industries (2016), and author of China’s Television Industry (2015), Creative Industries in China: Art, Design and Media (2013), and China’s New Creative Clusters: Governance, Human Capital and Regional Investment (2011).
Brian Yecies is Associate Professor in Communication and Media at the University of Wollongong, where he researches on film, digital media, creative industries, innovation ecosystems, and cultural policy. He is the author of Korea’s Occupied Cinemas, 1893-1948 (2011), The Changing Face of Korean Cinema, 1960-2015 (2016), and South Korea's Immersive Webtooniverse and the New Media Revolution (Rowman and Littlefield International, forthcoming) – co-authored with Ae-Gyung Shim. He is also a chief investigator on two Australian Research Council Discovery Projects: Digital China: From Cultural Presence to Innovative Nation (2017-2019), and Mobile Korean Webtoons: Creative Innovation in a New Digital Economy (2018-2020).
Terry Flew is Professor of Communications and Creative Industries, and a Chief Investigator with the Digital Media Research Centre at the Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane, Australia. He is the author of The Creative Industries, Culture and Policy (2012), Global Creative Industries (2013), New Media: An Introduction (Oxford, 2014), Understanding Global Media (Palgrave, 2018) and co-author of Media Economics (2015). In 2019-20, he was President of the International Communication Association.
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