Asian Media Studies: Politics of Subjectivities
November 2004, Wiley-Blackwell
1. Introduction: Our Asian Media Studies? (John Nguyet Erni, City University of Hong Kong and Siew Keng Chua, Nanyang Technological University).
Part I: Moving In, Moving Out: Transnational Flows.
2. Discrepant Intimacy: Popular Culture Flows In East Asia (Koichi Iwabuchi, International Christian University).
3. Hook 'em Young: Mcadvertising And Kids In Singapore (Siew Keng Chua, Nanyang Technological University and Afshan Junaid, Nanyang Technological University).
4. Techno-Orientalization: The Asian VCD Experience (Kelly Hu, National Chung Cheng University).
Part II: Moving Backward, Moving Forward: Histories And Politics.
5. The Struggle For Press Freedom And Emergence Of "Un-Elected" Media Power (Myungkoo Kang, Seoul National University).
6. "Forward-Looking" News?: Singapore's News 5 and the Marginalization of the Dissenting Voice (Sue Abel, University Of Auckland).
7. Beyond the Fragments: Reflecting On "Communicational" Cultural Studies in South Korea (Keehyeung Lee, Yonsei University).
8. Re-Advertising Hong Kong: Nostalgia Industry and Popular History (Eric Kit-Wai Ma, Chinese University Of Hong Kong).
Part III: Moving Between: Formations Of Audiences And Subjectivities.
9. The Whole World is Watching Us: Music Television Audiences in India (Vamsee Juluri, University Of San Francisco).
10. From Variety Show To Body-Sculpting Commercials: Figures Of Audience and the Sexualization of Women/Girls (Irene Fang-Chih Yang, National Dong Hwa University).
11. Recuperating Malay Custom/Adat In Female Sexuality in Malaysian Films (Gaik Cheng Khoo, Asia Research Institute).
12. The Formation of a Queer Imagined Community in Post-Martial Law Taiwan (John Nguyet Erni and Anthony Spires, Yale University).
John Nguyet Erni is Associate Professor of Media and
Cultural Studies and Coordinator of Graduate Studies in the
Department of English and Communication, City University of Hong
Kong. He is author of Unstable Frontiers: Technomedicine and the
Cultural Politics of “Curing” AIDS (1994); editor
of a special issue entitled “Becoming (Postcolonial) Hong
Kong” for Cultural Studies (2001); and co-editor, with
Ackbar Abbas, of Internationalizing Cultural Studies
Siew Keng Chua is Professor of Communication Studies at the Auckland University of Technology. Her work in the fields of Asian media, gender studies, and cultural studies has been published in The Journal of International Communication, Jump Cut, and Cinemaya.
- Covers the key areas of research in Asian media studies, from
textual reading, through policy studies, to audience/reception
- Features engaging examples, including Singapore TV news and
advertising, Hong Kong nostalgia, sexuality in Malaysian film, VCD
technology, and queer communities in Taiwan.
- Explores media globalization in Singapore, Malaysia, India,
Hong Kong, China, and Japan.
- Contributors are from a younger generation of Asian-born scholars of different backgrounds (indigenous, subaltern, diasporic, and others), who make up the “second wave” of critical Asian media studies.
--Chin-Chuan Lee, City University of Hong Kong
"This book represents a coming of age of critical media studies
in Asia, and about Asia. Written by Asian authors who are attuned
to the hegemonic power of both Western media and Western paradigms
of media studies, this collection of essays outlays the complex
landscape of Asian media scholarship in one of the most dynamic
regions in the world today. What we find is that there are many
Asias, shaped by the intersections of power and subordination,
pessimism and optimism, hope and despair."
--Ien Ang, University of Western Sydney
"The mediascapes of Asia are among the most dynamic and exciting
in the world right now, and the most politically vital. This
absorbing collection does much more than explore the profound
changes occurring in the region as transnational media flows
intensify, different modes of historical and political
consciousness form, and new subjective realities take shape. In
doing all this with acuity and flair, it revitalizes media
--Meaghan Morris, Lingnan University