“Blind Shaft”

This weeks reading by Michael Dutton shares a really unique theme to the film “Blind Shaft” that I didn’t first recognize until attempting to link the two pieces. Dutton mentions the Chinese word liu, which means “to float.” It is used in reference to the migrant members of Chinese society that populate the cities, yet never incorporate the urban culture. Their style dress, accents and speech patterns mark them as inherently undesirable. They areĀ  seen pejoratively, without purpose or footing in the local society. Similarly, the coal miners portrayed in “Blind Shaft” are viewed by the bosses in a similar fashion. The workers are without any worth, merely cogs with in an infinite supply of willing laborers. Chinese people became a commodity, and no longer exist with in a unifying ideology.



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