Youth Cinema: Young Taiwanese Lesbian on Screen

Wang Changsong, Chen Yiming, Rohani Hashim


This study offers an analysis of lesbian affairs depicted in Hsiao-tse Cheng’s Miao Miao (2008). Reading this production alongside the representations of lesbian, the authors argue that homosexual affair represented in this film involves nothing more than interpersonal issues with lively audience interaction as this film skimms the surface of its subject matter, especially regarding ‘genital stage’ in personality development, and also, the survey conducted in Taiwan shows that there is a considerable number of young Taiwanese cinema-goers are more concern on psychosexual issues, compare with other themes. This film is an example of Taiwan-Hong Kong co-production and a feature debut by a Taiwanese young film director. Colours, natures, gestures and other means of expression therefore have exhibited a unique look for Taiwanese youth cinema.


Keywords: LGBTQ, youth cinema, representations of homosexuality, Taiwanese films, Taiwan

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