Floating Life Director: Clara Law Chinese Diaspora Amber, Claire, Eric, Isabel, Jessi, Sibyl.
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- Floating Life Director: Clara Law Chinese Diaspora Amber, Claire, Eric, Isabel, Jessi, Sibyl
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- What are the differences? 1) Diaspora(s) (diasporic- adj.) Settled for many generations with them their own history and cultural experience new (hybrid) group and individual subjectivities emerge concept of multiple migratory processes and diasporizations. 2) Immigrants: Under some circumstances people could correctly be described as immigrants - if they are in-migrants from one place to another. 3) Emigrants: they have just left a traditional home place to live elsewhere within the same state.
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- Why do they root in other countries? 1) Never moved but boundary changes: wars wars world politics world politics decolonization decolonization collapsing empires collapsing empires 2) Moved out : economic economic private reasons private reasons cultural reasons cultural reasons sought safe haven sought safe haven
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- History of Chinese Diaspora in Australia: 19th century given jobs laborers and domestic servants Latter part of the 1800s gold rush widespread famine and social unrest in China
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- Life of these pioneers in Australia: Extremely challenging Victims of racism Discrimination continued at an official level Long-term decline in the Chinese community in Australia
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- Population of Chinese Diasporas in Australia: 2004, just over 11,000 Chinese settlers arrived in Australia 10% of the total Australian population Half a million Australians identify themselves as having Chinese ancestry.
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- Problems faced by the newly arrived: Career Schooling Accommodation Separation from family Friends/support system Time distribution A language difference
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- More than a lifetime lease: Hong Kong, which includes Hong Kong Island, Kowloon and the New Territories In l898, western imperialist powers scrambling to carve up Chinese territory, Britain again forced the Qing government to sign the "Convention for the Extension of Hong Kong Territory" This 99-year lease would expire on June 30, l997.
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- Crisis after 1997 * Economic Downfall in August 1997. Unemployment rate had increased to 6%. 80% of the families in Hong Kong are now much poorer than before the handover. Conflicts between the public and the governments. Government officials did not consult public opinion when they made decision on the new policies. Government officials did not consult public opinion when they made decision on the new policies. * Quality of the City There is only stress on economic achievement in the society, and none of the plans touch on the spiritual life and quality of Hong Kong. High divorce rate, family violence, young drug addicts, gambling.
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- The White Australia Policy: Cause of this legislation On the gold diggings there were a number of instances of violence against Chinese prospectors - where thousands of Chinese were run off the diggings by non-Chinese. The diggers argued the Chinese used too much precious water and were taking opportunities away from Europeans. aim : remove immigrants and labourers from austalia,and prevent more from arriving.
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- The Act was born : Australia's 'White Australia' policy. The Governor- General signed the document two days before Christmas Day 1901 The Dictation Test was administered 805 times 190203 with 46 people passing and 554 times 190409 with only six people successful 1909 no person passed the Dictation Test People who failed were refused entry or deported. The Act, frequently amended, remained in force until 1958.
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- Family Tree
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- Concept of Flexible Citizenship Effects of Diaspora Trying to keep own customs -Feng Shui -Eating Chinese food -Learning Chinese Assimilation -Learning English -Forgetting Chinese -Socializing with Australians
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- Effects of Diaspora Belonging -Longing to go back to HK -Identity issue Asian Image -Looks -Independence -Facing racism Customs dwindle -Food (oily) -Burning incense -Tomb sweeping day
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- Settings & Colors *opening scene: bright, ppl emerge H.K: brown, warm, dim light Oz: white, vague Germany: blue, winter hue *final scene: Mui Muis house ( ): dream world
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- Transition: different Houses A house in HK, Oz, Germany, China, , , *echo the title *background: Chinese painting *calligraphy
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- Symbols of Chinese Root TeaTea --Long-jing tea --A green house for growing tea trees
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- Tomb sweeping Day and the memorial tablet --Feeling guilty for not arranging a memorial tablet and visiting the ancestors graves
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- Feng shui --Yans belief in Feng shui --Itching
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- A lotus pond --A house in China --A home in Australia
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- A house with trees/ A house without tree Bings house V.S. Pa and Mas house
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- bone picking --The connection between bone collecting and foetus burial
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- Chinese New Year songs, Chinese food --Bings early years in Australia
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- Ming vs. Bing: Some Gender Differences Jia-ming Jia-mingBing MaleFemale Identity Crisis (conscious) Identity Crisis (subconscious) Old Order Collapsing in HK New Order Dooming in Aus Carnal Inferno Thorny Heaven Aborted child Persuaded child PardonedPunished
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- Life and Death Existence , , . --Clara Law , , . --Clara Law Existence: A. Placement / Displacement A. Placement / Displacement -- Refugee Image : but not immigrants -- Refugee Image : but not immigrants -- Bone-Picking: -- Bone-Picking: a. traditional (Chinese traditional elements in the film) a. traditional (Chinese traditional elements in the film) b. : eradication from homeland b. : eradication from homeland c. proper placement of the bone: c. proper placement of the bone: death but not just death ( for next generation) death but not just death ( for next generation) image of life image of life
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- B. Spiritual / Physical B. Spiritual / Physical -- Physical -- Physical a. : material / hedonism a. : material / hedonism b. : sensational organ (pleasure of life) b. : sensational organ (pleasure of life) * However has nothing to do with offspring continuity * However has nothing to do with offspring continuity brings a sense of eradication brings a sense of eradication -- Spiritual -- Spiritual a. : parents aging image (at heart not in brain) a. : parents aging image (at heart not in brain) the two senses are connected through the death of the two senses are connected through the death of the baby, a result of (physical spiritual) the baby, a result of (physical spiritual) pleasure comes from penis is here (brain) not pleasure comes from penis is here (brain) not there (heart) there (heart) -- the brothers interpretation: through the blonde -- the brothers interpretation: through the blonde (spiritual physical) (spiritual physical)
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- C. Life / Death -- scene shifts from -- scene shifts from * : the extreme pleasure of life * : the extreme pleasure of life * : death * : death * : next generations luck * : next generations luck (life death life the continue of life) (life death life the continue of life) next scene: the abortion and dead baby (death) next scene: the abortion and dead baby (death) -- the aging of parents the blonde -- the aging of parents the blonde * aging parents: lifeless image (after the burial) * aging parents: lifeless image (after the burial) * the blonde: lively / sex * the blonde: lively / sex
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- The Floating of Time -- the three ideas are developed through the counting of time -- the three ideas are developed through the counting of time Time vs.. Pleasure Time vs.. Pleasure * Pressure comes from time: * Pressure comes from time: the approaching of 1997 the approaching of 1997 * Pleasure from the penis: * Pleasure from the penis: three minutes three seconds three minutes three seconds
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- Female / Male Immigrants Identity Female: a. : a. : - Fear toward the new land: Evilized outside world - Fear toward the new land: Evilized outside world a sense of isolation a sense of isolation - Role of a frontier/dominator (westernized image) - Role of a frontier/dominator (westernized image) needs to go back to Chinese traditio needs to go back to Chinese traditio b. : b. : - orphan image (no one can answers her question) - orphan image (no one can answers her question) the situation of Hong Kong the situation of Hong Kong * Female: multiple identity * Female: multiple identity (house but not a home of her family: with their husbands family (house but not a home of her family: with their husbands family but not like male who will starts up a home of his own) but not like male who will starts up a home of his own)
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- Conclusion Different degrees in cultural mergence, but still Chinese origin is the center. Dislocation Home Mui Muis wish
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- Conclusion: Sinocentrism HK: abandoned home where male linage is impossible to carry on Aus: A house is not home New house: with Chinese root (children around/ ancestor/ sons) branching &leafing out and union The uncertain future: transformed unity
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- Thank you! Thank you!