China in the Mix
Cinema, Sound, and Popular Culture in the Age of Globalization

By Ying Xiao

256 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, 20 b&w illustrations, filmography, glossary, bibliography, index

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A study of sound in Chinese film and media, especially its music and multilingual soundtrack, that amplifies a vibrantly changing national power and global order

Scarce attention has been paid to the dimension of sound and its essential role in constructing image, culture, and identity in Chinese film and media. China in the Mix fills a critical void with the first book on the sound, languages, scenery, media, and culture in post-Socialist China. In this study, Ying Xiao explores fascinating topics, including appropriations of popular folklore in the Chinese new wave of the 1980s; Chinese rock 'n' roll and youth cinema in fin de siècle China; the political-economic impact of free market imperatives and Hollywood pictures on Chinese film industry and filmmaking in the late twentieth century; the reception and adaptation of hip hop; and the emerging role of Internet popular culture and social media in the early twenty-first century. Xiao examines the articulations and representations of mass culture and everyday life, concentrating on their aural/oral manifestations in contemporary Chinese cinema and in a wide spectrum of media and cultural productions.

China in the Mix offers the first comprehensive investigation of Chinese film, expressions, and culture from a unique, cohesive acoustic angle and through the prism of global media-cultural exchange. It shows how the complex, evolving uses of sound (popular music, voice-over, silence, noise, and audio mixing) in film and media reflect and engage the important cultural and socio-historical shifts in contemporary China and in the increasingly networked world. Xiao offers an innovative new conception of Chinese film and media and their audiovisual registers in the historiographical frame of China amid the global landscape.

Ying Xiao, Gainesville, Florida, is assistant professor of Chinese studies and film and media studies at the University of Florida. She has published on Chinese rock 'n' roll film, Chinese documentaries, neoliberalism and globalization, and hip hop culture in several journals and edited volumes.

256 pages (approx.), 6 x 9 inches, 20 b&w illustrations, filmography, glossary, bibliography, index