Today's processes of cultural globalization involve three major trends: (I)the global
expansion of transnational communications conglomerates; (2) the global
implementation of market-oriented cultural policies; and (3) the global diffusion of
new communication technologies. These processes have set in motion complicated
consequencesa nd prompted a range of national responses.B oth China and Taiwan,
the two locations which embody the Asian region's largest cultural formation, have
experienced major shifis in their internal political and economic organisation and
been significantly influenced by these interlinked global processes since the early
1980s. Taking the national film industries in both locations as a case study, this thesis
examines the impact of globalisation on the organisation of national cultural
production and distribution, and explores the uses of film in representing shifting
conceptions of national culture and identity.
A Doctoral Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy of Loughborough University.