Media, Mobilities and Identity in East and Southeast Asia: Introduction

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Dan Edwards
Louis Ho
Seokhun Choi


This collection for Cultural Studies Review aims to address gaps in existing mobilities scholarship from two perspectives. First, while several articles here discuss the physical movement of various groups, the overarching focus is the complex interplay of mobile technologies and information on the one hand, and rapidly evolving formations of culture and identity on the other. Geographically, our focus is outside the ‘global north’, on a region that has perhaps been more dramatically transformed by physical, cultural and informational mobility than any other: East and Southeast Asia. Rather than taking ‘Asia’ as a category of cultural identity, this collection conceptualises the geographic region as a zone of cultural and political plurality, in which a vast array of migrations, imaginings, representations and discourses are constantly bumping up against political and cultural borders, as well as various state-sponsored and state-sanctioned ideas and images, in fascinating and often highly volatile ways. Topic covered in this collection include Hong Kong working holidaymakers in Australia (Louis Ho), literary narratives of overseas adoptees who have returned to South Korea (Ethan Waddell), online debates and conflicts between Chinese migrants and local Chinese-Singaporeans (Sylvia Ang), the politics of representing urban demolition and relocation in independent Chinese documentaries (Dan Edwards), the ‘glocalisation’ of Japanese anime culture in the online space in China (Asako Saito) and the representation of migrant worker experience in South Korean cinema (Sina Kim).

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Media Mobilities and Identity in East and Southeast Asia (Peer Reviewed)
Author Biographies

Dan Edwards, Independent Scholar

Dan Edwards is an independent scholar and writer based in Melbourne, Australia, who received his PhD in Film and Television Studies from Monash University in 2014. He has taught at Monash, Melbourne, RMIT and Swinburne universities. His debut monograph, Independent Chinese Documentary: Alternative Visions, Alternative Publics, was published in 2015. His research interests include the representation of Asian modernities on screen, documentary networks in East Asia, and Australian cinema.

Louis Ho, Hong Kong Baptist University

Louis Ho is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Humanities and Creative Writing at Hong Kong Baptist University. He received his PhD in Humanities and Creative Writing from Hong Kong Baptist University. He was previously program leader of the Cultural Studies and Communication program and the Visual Arts program at the Community College at Lingnan University. His research interests include cultural policy studies, creative labour, museum and museology, and visual culture.

Seokhun Choi, Yonsei University, Seoul

Seokhun Choi is a postdoctoral researcher and lecturer in the English Department of Yonsei University, Seoul. He received his PhD in theatre from The University of Kansas and is the author of two book chapters and many essays on contemporary theatre and popular culture, which have been published in American and Korean journals. His primary research areas involve the representation of diversity in contemporary Korean and US theatre and film and the relationship between live performance and media.