fruit chan

The class imaginary in Fruit Chan's films

Wimal Dissanayake

Wimal Dissanayake is a leading scholar of Asian cinema. He has published a large number of books on the subject including, Melodrama and Asian Cinema (Cambridge University Press), New Chinese Cinema (Oxford University Press), Colonialism and Nationalism in Asian Cinema (Indiana University Press), and Indian Popular Cinema (Trentham Publishers). Prof. Dissanayake has also published widely in areas of communication and cultural Studies, including such books as Global/Local (Duke University Press) and Narratives of Agency (Minnesota University Press), Transcultural Pacific (University of Illinois Press. He was the founding editor of the East-West Film Journal, and has served as editorial advisor to such prestigious publications as International Encyclopedia of Communication, Journal of Communication, Communication Theory, Framework, Deep Focus, World Englishes, Journal of South Asian Popular Culture. He is regarded as a pioneer in the field of Asian communication theory. He is the general editor of a book series on Hong Kong cinema for the Hong Kong University Press.

Wimal Dissanayake is also a bilingual poet; he publishes poetry in his mother tongue, Sinhalese and in English. He was awarded the Publishers Prize for the outstanding book of poetry in Sri Lanka and has published English poetry in such journals as Hawaii Review, Kaimaana, Bamboo Ridge, Cambridge Review and Pawn. He has been living in Hawaii for the past twenty five years.