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The cheongsam is a dress that has become an internationally recognized symbol of Chinese cultural identity and femininity, originating as a combination of Han and Manchu styles of clothing and further influenced by American fashion. For Canadian-born women of Chinese origin, the wearing of this dress is fraught with tensions between desire and fear, wonder and contestation.
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ODE TO THE CHEONGSAM
Cheryl Sim

Doc-Experimental, Quebec, 2011,
32 min, colour, English

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