Place, Animals, and Human Beings: The Case of Wang Jiuliang’s Beijing Besieged by Waste

  • Haomin Gong
Part of the Chinese Literature and Culture in the World book series (CLCW)


Gong’s chapter examines Wang Jiuliang’s eco-documentary Beijing Besieged by Waste. It investigates the ways in which places of waste, human beings, and animals are figured in the film, and the ecological implications that the discourse of waste has on a society marked by raging urbanization and rampant commercialization. Gong focuses on the concepts of place, misplacement, and displacement in the discourse of waste, and explores the ways in which they are inscribed in the narrative of the film and contribute to the construction of wasted nature, humans, and animals. Gong argues that waste, as an ecological problem and a social discourse, is a product of modern urbanization, commercialization, and consumerism, which not only defines the geographical place of waste but also constructs its social place.


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  • Haomin Gong
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  1. 1.Lingnan UniversityHong KongPeople’s Republic of China

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