Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
The Cinema of Ang LeeThe Other Side of the Screen$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Whitney Crothers Dilley

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231167734

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231167734.001.0001

Show Summary Details

Globalization and Cultural Identity in Eat Drink Man Woman

Globalization and Cultural Identity in Eat Drink Man Woman

Chapter:
(p.69) Five Globalization and Cultural Identity in Eat Drink Man Woman
Source:
The Cinema of Ang Lee
Author(s):

Whitney Crothers Dilley

Publisher:
Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231167734.003.0005

This chapter analyzes Eat Drink Man Woman (1994). Eat Drink Man Woman is Lee's work that most reflects the forces of globalization. The film takes as its premise the intergenerational conflict and alienation caused by the forces of globalization and Westernization in the modernizing capital city, Taipei. While the film appeals to consumer culture, it also signals the more traditional grand narrative, demonstrating that people living in the new millennium have developed a unique sensibility to deal with the contradictions of their age. The most striking example of the transference of symbols between East and West is in Eat Drink Man Woman, whose title alone impresses “otherness” for the native English speaker. This chapter examines the themes of globalization and cultural identity in Eat Drink Man Woman, along with the film's critical reception. It also discusses the metaphorical implications of food and sex in the film and concludes by assessing the impact of globalization on traditional Chinese culture.

Keywords:   Eat Drink Man Woman, globalization, East, West, cultural identity, food, sex, Chinese culture

Columbia Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs, and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us .