The Queer Case of Daniel Wu: Homonormative Economic Familialism and the Transnational Star in Enter the Phoenix
Date: Monday, 15 June 2020
Time: 3-4 PM
Speaker: M. Antonio Lizada, PhD Candidate, Department of Comparative Literature, HKU
Moderator: Jamie Tse, Department of Comparative Literature, HKU

Homonormative economic familialism (HEC) in cinema, as I will define it, is a mode of sexual citizenship that utilizes an ethics of sonhood as a means to neutralize the radicalizing potential of queer politics. I then apply this concept in my analysis of Enter the Phoenix. Using the stardom of Daniel Wu as a starting point, I demonstrate how HEC constructs and mobilizes a form of gay subjectivity capable of engaging both the politics that define post-1997 Hong Kong cinema and the larger social implications of such entanglements.

M. Antonio Lizada, Miguel to his friends and colleagues, is a PhD Candidate at the Department of Comparative Literature. He has published essays on queer studies in Asia. Most recently, his essay on queer Sinophonicity in Chinese-Filipino films was included in Keywords in Queer Sinophone Studies, edited by Howard Chiang and Alvin K. Wong (2020).

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