AustLit logo
Issue Details: First known date: 2012... 2012 What Can a Gwei Por Do? Cynthia Rothrock's Hong Kong Career
The material on this page is available to AustLit subscribers. If you are a subscriber or are from a subscribing organisation, please log in to gain full access. To explore options for subscribing to this unique teaching, research, and publishing resource for Australian culture and storytelling, please contact us or find out more.

AbstractHistoryArchive Description

Cynthia Rothrock is a martial arts performance legend of the 1980s who began acting in Hong Kong cinema in the late 1980s and became a transnational video star in the 1990s. At the height of her fame she was mobbed by fans from Germany to Indonesia and she made a stadium erupt in the USA, where her thirty-odd films were not shown in cinemas; the subject of hundreds of media articles worldwide, she has been the object of adoring fan web-sites and ‘shrines’, and features today in lovingly curated YouTube galleries of her best fight scenes. Yet in academic studies her work in Hong Kong is praised but rarely discussed, while her career is often framed as one of failure to become a ‘real’ star—that is, to get a big screen role in Hollywood. This article explores some of the reasons for the difficulty we have in accounting for an American performer's contribution to Asian popular culture, asking how critical questions might be reframed to take better account of Rothrock's Asian work. (Source: publisher's blurb)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

Last amended 11 May 2020 17:00:56
What Can a Gwei Por Do? Cynthia Rothrock's Hong Kong Careersmall AustLit logo Inter-Asia Cultural Studies
  • Hong Kong,
    East Asia, South and East Asia, Asia,
    Powered by Trove