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Reading of Queer Narrative in Film Saving Face

  • The Journal of Study on Language and Culture of Korea and China
  • Abbr : JSLCKC
  • 2022, (65), pp.379-401
  • DOI : 10.16874/jslckc.2022..65.013
  • Publisher : Korean Society of Study on Chinese Languge and Culture
  • Research Area : Humanities > Chinese Language and Literature
  • Received : July 10, 2022
  • Accepted : August 20, 2022
  • Published : August 31, 2022

Jin SungHee 1

1숭실대학교

Accredited

ABSTRACT

The film Saving Face is a work of American director Alice Wu who was born in Taiwan and was refocused, as the The Half of It shown on Netflix in 2020 attracted attention. This film received attention from the public, as it wittily described the somewhat heavy story about the love and growth of a mother who is a Chinese American immigrant and her homosexual daughter, with the ‘saving face’ culture, a Chinese traditional idea. In the society where the culture of the general majority is still distinguished from that of the minority, the anxiety and abhorrence against the queer narrative continue to be expressed. The Saving Face, however, extended the youth film characters’ concerns which have been limited to individual conflicts and career decision-making among the groups of immigrants who vacillate between the traditional and modernistic values, to the areas of races and sexual orientations. In doing so, it also expanded the horizon of the queer-representation narrative which has been only consumed as a bizarre genre satisfying the curiosity of the public who has responded to the ‘difference’, by asking huge questions about the minority, passing through the structural custom of melodramas and embodying the strategy of vagueness. The queer narrative discourse cannot be distinct and cannot help sliding, so it is necessary to make continuous effort to attempt a variety of layers and attraction in representing the queer. The society asks a lot of questions about the queer, while it has a desire to recklessly adjust them. In this regard, the Saving Face leads the public to a wider filed of thought about the queer, by severing the chain consisting of the unilateral determination of the queer and the queer culture and the projection of its desire into them.

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