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One particular songstress type was the “wildcat,” or singing country lass, associated with a highly popular cycle of “rustic singing films” and most famously embodied by actress Chung Ching. Chung was a somewhat idiosyncratic case—typecast as a songstress despite her lack of vocal talent. Her film songs were regularly dubbed by other singers, such as the famed pop star Yao Lee, who collaborated with Chung as a behind-the-scenes singer in a large number of productions. Precisely for this reason, these films shed light on the ambivalent location of the voice in songstress films—at once corporeally anchored and mechanically detachable, coexisting...

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