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2 Players of the 1920s: Interconnecting, Mediating

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Looking through the eyes of three tour guides, Zheng Zhengqiu, Bao Tianxiao, and Xia Yan, this chapter pictures the people who founded, managed, or worked for Mingxing. This chapter seeks to debunk the widely accepted 'myth' and to tease out the power relations at work in the real historical temporality. Defining these Mingxing people as 'cultural brokers', the chapter attempts to reveal how their individual life trajectories converged across media and ideological borders and how interconnected personal lives contributed to the mediating dynamics of Shanghai filmmaking. The chapter focuses mainly on the 1920s. It begins with a summary of the standard story about relevant figures. This is followed by a new look at these people based on contemporary source materials. These people include five founding members of Mingxing; Bao Tianxiao and Hong Shen, the first two screenwriters; and a group of publicists and screenwriters conventionally labeled as Butterflies.

Keywords: Bao Tianxiao; Butterflies; Hong Shen; ideological borders; media; Mingxing; Shanghai filmmaking; Xia Yan; Zheng Zhengqiu



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