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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

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Globalization and Cultural Identity in Eat Drink Man Woman

Globalization and Cultural Identity in Eat Drink Man Woman

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

Whitney Crothers Dilley

Columbia University Press

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

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