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The History of Asian Australian Cinema: Diaspora, Policy and Ethics

Australia Research Council (ARC) Discovery Project ARC DP0987349

This project provides the first study on the development of Asian Australian cinema. It evaluates the history of cinema from early colonial to multicultural representations, film and immigration policy developments, and the creative emergence of Asian Australian filmmakers.

It reformulates current theorisations on the politics of hybrid identity with its new focus on the ethics of identity, and extends international film scholarship with its innovative diasporic cinema studies approach. It offers new insight into Australia’s cinematic past and present by accounting for the interaction between an evolving social imaginary, changing policy climates, and the cultural transactions between Australia and Asia.