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Prism (2020) 17 (2): 244–263.
Published: 01 October 2020
... discourse stresses Hong Kong's exceptional status, reflecting a general anxiety that Hong Kong could be replaced by or even become just another Chinese city. This anxiety for the future is evident in an ecocritical turn, manifested in both the social realm (popular movements and organic communities) and...
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Prism (2020) 17 (1): 203–206.
Published: 01 March 2020
... thresholds of old shops. (127) Song's reading even of characters in Jin Yong's martial arts novels, such as Yuan Chengzhi getting lost in the “intricate maze” of the Forbidden City (233), which resonates interestingly with the claustrophobic terror with which the narrator of Victor Segalen's Rene Leys...
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Prism (2019) 16 (2): 298–319.
Published: 01 October 2019
... People's Republic of China, 1949–1979 . Berkeley : University of California Press , 1994 . “ Beijing: Shiyu nei wuding guanggao paibian niannei qingli wanbi ” 北京:市域內屋頂廣告牌匾年內清理完畢 [Beijing: Clearing the Rooftop Advertisement Plaques within the City Will Be Completed by the End Of the Year]. Zhonguo...
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Prism (2020) 17 (2): 326–352.
Published: 01 October 2020
... in the city. He worked for the Commercial Press (Shangwu yinshuguan 商務印書館) in Shanghai between 1921 and 1932 and edited China's foremost literary journal, Xiaoshuo yuebao 小說月報 (Short Story Monthly). He also played a guiding role in the influential Literary Research Association (Wenxue yanjiu hui 文學...
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Prism (2020) 17 (1): 79–103.
Published: 01 March 2020
... Empire , 98 . 7 After Dai, Wan Kin-lau 溫健騮 (1944–76) was the second Hong Kong writer at the IWP. He arrived in 1968 and remained in Iowa City to earn his MFA in poetry from the Iowa Writers' Workshop. 6 Shea, “From Iowa City to Kowloon Tong.” One of the school's many cofounders was Bao...
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Prism (2019) 16 (2): 260–297.
Published: 01 October 2019
... to gather the day's refuse in the capital. Everything that the big city has thrown away, everything it has lost, everything it has scorned, everything it has crushed underfoot he catalogues and collects. He collates the annals of intemperance, the capharnaum of waste.” 3 To this, Benjamin responds...
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Prism (2019) 16 (2): 368–389.
Published: 01 October 2019
... attacks on American cities. He was the one who identified the 1995 Tokyo subway attack as a “threshold event,” claiming that “Aum Shinrikyo has done us a favor by . . . making it obvious that there is a very serious threat; that terrorists would use any means imaginable at their disposal.” 34 Again...
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Prism (2019) 16 (1): 115–135.
Published: 01 March 2019
... and a natural setting. A crowd gathers, and people taunt and humiliate the “criminals.” The peasants project their sexual frustration and fantasy on the lovers with sadistic pleasure. Mr. Huang, an educated gentleman from the city who is visiting the village, intervenes and manages to stop the rush to...
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Prism (2019) 16 (1): 205–207.
Published: 01 March 2019
... Zhong's fiction set in the Japanese colonial city of Mukden in Manchukuo and after he returned to Taiwan, describing Zhong's persistent feeling of not being at home in what he perceives as his native land and not being recognized as a native son by the northeastern Chinese people he encounters. A great...
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Prism (2020) 17 (2): 353–398.
Published: 01 October 2020
... scene of the elders discussing the matter of compensation for the dead man. Yet, on a naive and, indeed, unavoidable reading of the “Shield,” Laird's interpretation is, I claim, entirely in the right. When de Jong, to disprove Laird's reading, writes that “the festivities are in the city rather than...
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Prism (2019) 16 (1): 85–114.
Published: 01 March 2019
... on the tracks”) a rope 上吊 (“hang oneself”) a pill 服毒 (“take poison”) a knife 割腕 (“slash one's wrists”) a leap 跳樓 (“jump off a building”) Or in “Shenzhen Shenzhen” 深圳深圳 (Shenzhen Shenzhen [197]), where a list of the city's landmarks in the first stanza—mostly middle-class...
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Prism (2019) 16 (2): 346–367.
Published: 01 October 2019
... what I can see now. What was once a harbor strand has become blocks of buildings; what was known as Banyan Boulevard is now covered by billboards. Hasn't this city changed too quickly? When the next generation comes along, will they share our doubts? Nevertheless, we can still take comfort from the...
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Prism (2019) 16 (1): 33–61.
Published: 01 March 2019
... intellectuals, activists, and officials. What was called “popular education” 通俗教育 ( tongsu jiaoyu ) was spreading rapidly around the country. To support such efforts, “popular libraries” 通俗圖書館 ( tongsu tushuguan ), offering free access to books, magazines, and newspapers, were established in many cities. 12...
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Prism (2020) 17 (2): 225–243.
Published: 01 October 2020
... human stream into a bed of trenches; instead of dropping seeds from airplanes, it drops incendiary bombs over cities; and through gas warfare the aura is abolished in a new way.” 5 The technoscientific utopia turned overnight into the ruins of dystopia. To counter this new myth, Benjamin resorted...
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Prism (2020) 17 (1): 172–182.
Published: 01 March 2020
... . Madison : University of Wisconsin Press , 1979 . Liu Zaifu 劉再復 . “ Confession Consciousness in Chinese Literature .” Interview conducted at the City University of Hong Kong, December 1 , 2002 . newscentre.cityu.edu.hk/media/news/2002/12/01/confession-consciousness-chinese-literature...
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Prism (2019) 16 (1): 62–84.
Published: 01 March 2019
... and shared “big-character posters” 大字報 ( dazibao ) on a long brick wall in the Xidan district of the capital city. Topics of such publicly displayed posters, often anonymous or pseudonymous, would range from calls for democracy and political reforms, criticisms of past and present policies, and...
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Prism (2019) 16 (2): 320–345.
Published: 01 October 2019
... desert and that China's imperial city is a hazy city of yellow sand (524; 408). In a Confucian metaphysical cosmology, the solution to a weak center is to energize it from the periphery. 51 As IMAR scholar Nassan Bayar quips, “One Inner Mongolian told me once after reading Wolf Totem he realized...
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Prism (2020) 17 (2): 277–297.
Published: 01 October 2020
... the pandemic. Although Xiao Shao and Ah Yao are close friends, they move in different circles, with Xiao Shao living in Taipei and self-identifying as “gay,” and Ah Yao living primarily in New York City, identifying as “queer,” and being deeply invested in AIDS activist movements: The so-called...
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Prism (2020) 17 (1): 1–34.
Published: 01 March 2020
... . Gainesville : University Press of Florida , 2002 . Benjamin, Walter . “ Theses on the Philosophy of History. ” In Illuminations , edited by Hannah Arendt , 255 – 66 . New York : Schocken Books , 1968 . Bohannan, Paul . Marriage, Family, and Residence . Garden City, NY : Natural...
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Prism (2019) 16 (1): 174–196.
Published: 01 March 2019
... between May and June in 2010. Clearly, the author endorses Julien's connection of China to globalization and agrees that Ten Thousand Waves captures changes in Shanghai as seen from Mazu's perspective: “The rapid transformation of the city becomes the metaphor for the profound clashes of people...