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date: 26 May 2019

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This essay suggests that Chinese-Canadian documentary film can be read as producing forms of diasporic intimacy. Instead of seeking to define diaspora as an object of inquiry, this chapter argues that diaspora exists as a set of relations that are grounded in intimacies that are both private and public. Through an examination of Yung Chang’s Up the Yangtze (2007), Richard Fung’s Dal Puri Diaspora (2012), and Mina Shum’s The Ninth Floor (2015), this essay reveals the complexities of the connections and conditions from which diaspora emerges. Diasporas do not exist in isolation. Rather, they come out of a poetics of relation that demands attention to histories of displacement and loss. As the films discussed in this chapter show, diaspora privileges connection over division.

Keywords: diaspora, Chinese-Canadian, documentary, intimacy, national cinema

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