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Lecture Notes for Oct 26, 2010

East Asian Studies
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Eric Cazdyn

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EAS209 2010-10-26
¾ Today Æ last section on geography
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¾ Next topic Æ Problem of human subjectivity
o Human subjectivity is never far away from time and space
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¾ Hong Kong
o Visible space remains the same
o But in 1997, radical change
¾ Exam Æ focus more on the last part of the class (problem of human subjectivity)
¾ Essay t argue for a connection
¾ Last Week
o Surveillance and control is being built into the architecture of the institutions
o Shaping the way one exists in space, and how one imagines
o Fujitani
Emperor System
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the emperor
o Centralizing function in Meiji
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the opera, and the performance gets cancelled)
¾ Limitations and possibility of action of what one can do is inescapably shaped by a space
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o If space changes, different possibilities of limitations change as well
¾ Keirstead article
o dZ[]vÇ}(o}P]}(t forms spatial imagination
o Medieval , early modern, and modern
o 1100~1600: Medieval, 1600~1868: early modern, 1868~: modern
Medieval space: not beginning to end; could have gone into different directions
x We impose our present on to medieval
x We impose our understanding of our time on to medieval
o Qualitively different type of spatial imagination
o Two kinds of spaces Æ Gardens and states
Garden Æ no beginning, no end
Ambivulatory t have movement
o Film
Meaning of the film exists in itself
Exists whether we watch it or not
How we interpret it
Time and Space
x Dominant form Æ time is there, history is there, and we go to access it
o Questioned it. The act of mapping, the act of telling history
forms the history /geography itself
How might a film maker negotiate that? Give up some of autonomy, recognizing
that film only exists when there is an audience for it
x The craziest person is a king who knows his kingness
o In order to become a king, there needs to be people, etc.
(cannot become a king himself)
¾ Wang Kai War - Chungking Express, 1994
o 3 years before return on Hong Kong to China from British colonial rule
o Beginning of the film
x Provoking your habits of viewing the film
x Understanding the space
Introduced to Bridget Lin (blond woman), South Indian community (geography
of Hong Kong; division)
x Last featured film
x Grows up in Taiwan
^/ÁZo}}Zt ìXìíuÁÇ_
x DvP]vUPo}Y
x Will meet her again in 57 hours, and will fall in love with her
x Kaneshiro Æ a new actor
o a cop
o Speaking in Mandarin when overdubbing the voice (in Hong
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