Contemporary China Seminar: Professor Audrey Yue, University of Melbourne
Sinophone as Method: Australia’s screen co-productions with China and the Chinese diaspora
In recent years, the rise of the Chinese film industry has seen it become a formidable global force, with its increase in foreign film quota, accelerated expansion in film production and strong market growth (with 25,000 screens). Where film co-productions arose as a strategy to address the decline of national cinema and challenge the dominance of global Hollywood, film co-productions now need to deal with both the hegemonies of Hollywood and China, either by partnering with them or forging new alliances.
This paper examines Australia’s co-productions with China and the Chinese diaspora. Australia’s film engagement with China and the Chinese diaspora is characterised by minor transnationalism. Unlike the major transnational film partnerships between China and the West (Hollywood or European art house cinema), Australia’s partnership with China is minor. By using the concept of the Sinophone to compare and contrast these two case studies, I critically elaborate the practices of its junior partnership and new alliances. The concept of the ‘Sinophone’ (Shih) has received critical traction in recent years as a robust theoretical tool to consider a range of Chinese language cultural productions that have emerged on the margins of China and the global Chinese diasporas. Through these comparisons, I will show how the Sinophone contests China-centrism, stresses multi-accents and intertextual articulations, and reveals the process of minoritisation in the formations of identity, subjecthood and citizenry.
Audrey Yue is Associate Professor in Cultural Studies in the School of Culture and Communications at The University of Melbourne. Her research covers the fields of Asian media and cultural policy, diasporic cultures and sexuality studies. She has published 5 books, 30 book chapters and 25 refereed journal articles, including the recently co-edited Promoting sustainable living: Sustainability as an object of desire (2015). Audrey has received more than AU$2m in competitive research grants, and; passed 17 PhD theses as principal supervisor. Between 2009 and 2011 she was Ministerial Appointment to the Multicultural Arts Policy Advisory Committee for the State Government of Victoria. She is Executive Board Member at the Melbourne Sustainable Society Institute, Research Unit in Public Cultures and the International Association of Visual Cultures, and Editorial Board Member of Feminist Media Studies, Journal of Chinese Cinemas, Sexualities Journal of Culture and Society and Metro Screen Education. She is recipient of two university teaching excellence awards, including innovation in e-learning. She is international grant assessor for the Hong Kong Research Grant Council, Mardsen Fund (New Zealand) and the Australian Research Council. In 2012, she was Acting Assistant Dean for Research and commended with the School of Culture and Communication Outstanding PhD Supervisor Award at The University of Melbourne. She is a citizen of Singapore and permanent resident in Australia.