Nathan To

Nathan To
Goldsmiths, University of London · Department of Media and Communications

PhD

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Introduction
Additional affiliations
January 2011 - June 2013
Goldsmiths, University of London
Position
  • Visiting Tutor
Education
September 2009 - October 2013
Goldsmiths, University of London
Field of study
  • Media and Communication

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Publications (19)
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One of the striking features of communicating via new media technologies such as instant messaging (IM), is its capacity to provide individuals with innovative means to simulate emotional expression while interacting in a real time online setting. Static and animated, graphic-based emoticons are often added to achieve these communicative functions...
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The sheer affective force of trauma from a 20th century Chinese history filled with the scars of war, chaos, poverty, famine, and disaster, transmits across ethnic Chinese Canadian diasporas through (un)conscious silences and remembrances. Diasporic visions of memory that embody these traumatic histories can become entangled through affective, disc...
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Through the legacy of classic Hong Kong star Adam Cheng, I explore the extraordinary/ordinary paradox of Cheng’s celebrity image embodied in his youxia roles (knight-errant) within the wuxia martial arts genre for television and cinema. In particular, I explore how Cheng’s image can be seen as a nostalgic allegory for the cultural memory of Hong Ko...
Conference Paper
Building a sustainable and resilient culture of entrepreneurial innovation requires leveraging intergenerational engagement, well-being, and a person-centred innovation potential that can be scalable across different organizations and sectors. In my paper, I critically analyze literature on these issues from two perspectives and identify what gaps...
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The transgenerational ghosts of trauma from war, death, and injustice within Chinese 20th century history are carried through the remembrances and silences of mediated, diasporic visions of memory. These ghosts are visible through Chinese cinema at the intersection of modern China’s national interests, issues of power and the transnational distribu...
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Affective hauntings persist through the visible fragments and invisible gaps of history across generations within the Chinese diaspora, possessing im/material bodies throughout chronological time and geographical space. I perform how a reflexive methodology of critical autoethnography can help one compose a ‘diasporic montage’ of intergenerational...
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Within contemporary Chinese cinema, the tension of official remembrance and silencing persists through particular histories such as the Chinese Cultural Revolution (1966-1976). What is troubling about the struggle for memory in this decade is how the tragedy and traumatic event of the Cultural Revolution continues to be censored, re-written, and ul...
Conference Paper
Transnational Chinese ‘period’ cinema (e.g. wuxia pian, costume epics) is situated in a haunting space intersecting modernity, tradition, mythic ‘Chineseness’, and official memory production within the cultural identities/identifications of diasporic ethnic Chinese. The soft power of Chinese nation-state/market forces produces selective remembrance...
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Since the mid-20th century, moving images within the swordplay tradition (wu xia) of martial arts dramas have produced images of warriors adorned in ancient costumes, all derived from collective imaginings of a historical, dynastic China. Together, images of these warriors (knight-errants) have become synonymous with images of their ancient costume...
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Amidst the sheer affective force embodied in the war, death, and injustice within Chinese 20th century history, China’s mediated memory productions of their “national traumas” suggest entangled relationships between: ‘soft power’, transmitted affective hauntings, and collective memory formation/identifications in ethnic Chinese diasporas. Since Chi...
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In the past 6 years (2007-2013), there have been 8 known films released about the 1937 Nanking Massacre due to an array of entangled forces, including: the transgenerational haunting across ethnic Chinese diasporas, political ideology, and the transnational profitability of trauma beyond the limits of ethnic Chinese markets. The striking cinematic...

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