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Subject/Keyword
intercultural communication
Ang Lee
identity
meal scenes
narrative function
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Chen, Kai
Supervisor and department
Raft, Zeb (East Asian Studies)
Examining committee member and department
Reyns-Chikuma, C(h)ris (Modern Languages and Cultural Studies)
Lin, Jenn-Shann (East Asian Studies)
Department
Department of East Asian Studies
Specialization

Date accepted
2011-09-22T16:45:14Z
Graduation date
2011-11
Degree
Master of Arts
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
This thesis examines the narrative function of “meal scenes” in Ang Lee’s family trilogy films, exploring how food in them constructs meaning and indicates the complex nature of human relationships. Food preparation serves as a liberating element to express the cook’s repressed love to others and the cook’s efforts to establish his/her identity; however, the supposedly pleasant family meal is always full of tension due to the characters’ intergenerational/cultural frictions and their lack of communication. Thus those eating scenes ironically become an alienating force within the narratives of the films and result symbolically in the disintegration of a family. The characters’ recognition of the true situation and efforts to resolve the strained familial relationship is reflected in the scenes of “cleaning up”, which conveys the meaning of “to communicate, to accept and to forgive”, an ideal way to bridge the boundaries of generation and culture.
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English
DOI
doi:10.7939/R35S9R
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