-Walking to Nam Kok Hotel
The latest on-going project explores the construction of cultural representations and how they have been reinforced through various aspects. I focus on how Hollywood cinema from 1950 onwards depict the “Orient”, particularly in relation to Hong Kong, whilst how this notion and fantasized representations have functioned in the process of identity formation of the depicted cities, regions and ethnic groups. Based on British novels, films such as The World of Suzie Wong (1960) demonstrate an early yet significant phase of how Hong Kong was interpreted, constructed, and delivered to worldwide audiences. From 1980 onwards, cinematic depictions of the “Orient” are combined with futuristic imagery, starting from the growing influence of cyberpunk and anime culture. Whether it’s creating exotic “oriental others” to adopting the conventional East Asian cultural representations, Hollywood cinema has constantly taken part in constituting cultural representations of different regions, race, ethnicity and gender to global audiences.