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  • Acknowledgments  vii
    Introduction  1
    Part I. Infrastructures
    1. Video Documentary and Rural Public Culture in Ethnic China / Jenny Chio  35
    2. EngageMedia: The Gado Gado Tactics of New Social Media in Indonesia / Patricia R. Zimmerman  54
    3. Wei dianying and Xiao quexing: Technologies of "Small" and Trans-Chinese Cinematic Practices / Chia-chi Wu  72
    4. Converging Contents and Platforms: Niconico Video and Japan's Media Mix Ecology / Marc Steinberg  91
    5. In Access: Digital Video and the User / Nishant Shah  114
    Part II. Intimacies
    6. MicroSD-ing "Mewati Videos": Circulation and Regulation of a Subaltern-Popular Media Culture / Rahul Mukherjee and Abhigyan Singh  133
    7. Documenting "Immigrant Brides" in Multicultural Taiwan / Tzu-hui Celina Hung  158
    8. Bollywood Banned and the Electrifying Palmasutra: The Sensory Politics in Northern Nigeria / Conerly Casey  176
    9. The Asianization of Heimat: Ming Wong's Asian German Video Works / Feng-Mei Heberer  198
    Part III. Speculations
    10. Politics in the Age of YouTube: Degraded Images and Small-Screen Revolutions / S. V. Srinivas  217
    11. Pop Cosmopolitics and K-pop Video Culture / Michelle Cho  240
    12. Videation: Technological Intimacy and the Politics of Global Connection / Joshua Neves  266
    13. Staying Alive: Imphal's HIV/AIDS (Digital) Video Culture / Bishnupriya Ghosh  288
    14. "Everyone's Property": Video Copying, Poetry, and Revolution in Arab West Asia / Kay Dickinson  307
    Bibliography  327
    Contributors  349
    Index  353
  • Conerly Casey

    Jenny Chio

    Michelle Cho

    Kay Dickinson

    Bishnupriya Ghosh

    Feng-Mei Heberer

    Rahul Mukherjee

    Abhigyan Singh

    Nishant Shah

    S. Srinivas

    Marc Steinberg

    Chia-chi Wu

    Patricia Zimmermann

    Tzu-hui Celina Hung

  • "Asian Video Cultures addresses a glaring omission in contemporary Western film and media scholarship in such a rich and imaginative way that it will give the book lasting significance as a fundamental reference across media studies. Featuring rich, thought-provoking essays and a major, agenda-setting introduction, this is a milestone collection." — Meaghan Morris, coeditor of, Gender, Media, and Modernity in the Asia-Pacific

    "Asian Video Cultures addresses the continent as an always-emerging formation, rather than just a region. By doing so, it is able to mount a series of powerful, ethnographically grounded theoretical provocations on contemporary media culture. We revisit ideas of participation and the public, the status of mediation in the bioinformatic world, globalization, and work. This outstanding collection helps us put into perspective the overly North American debate on digital media." — Ravi Sundaram, author of, Pirate Modernity: Delhiā€™s Media Urbanism

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    The contributors to this volume theorize Asian video cultures in the context of social movements, market economies, and local popular cultures to complicate notions of the Asian experience of global media. Whether discussing video platforms in Japan and Indonesia, K-pop reception videos, amateur music videos circulated via microSD cards in India, or the censorship of Bollywood films in Nigeria, the essays trace the myriad ways Asian video reshapes media politics and aesthetic practices. While many influential commentators overlook, denounce, and trivialize Asian video, the contributors here show how it belongs to the shifting core of contemporary global media, thereby moving conversations about Asian media beyond static East-West imaginaries, residual Cold War mentalities, triumphalist declarations about resurgent Asias, and budding jingoisms. In so doing, they write Asia's vibrant media practices into the mainstream of global media and cultural theories while challenging and complicating hegemonic ideas about the global as well as digital media.

    Contributors. Conerly Casey, Jenny Chio, Michelle Cho, Kay Dickinson, Bishnupriya Ghosh, Feng-Mei Heberer, Tzu-hui Celina Hung, Rahul Mukherjee, Joshua Neves, Bhaskar Sarkar, Nishant Shah, Abhigyan Singh, SV Srinivas, Marc Steinberg, Chia-chi Wu, Patricia Zimmerman

    About The Author(s)

    Joshua Neves is Assistant Professor of Film Studies and Canada Research Chair at the Mel Hoppenheim School of Cinema at Concordia University.

    Bhaskar Sarkar is Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and the author of Mourning the Nation: Indian Cinema in the Wake of Partition, also published by Duke University Press.
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