Living with Us—The Case of Kunqu

  • Chow Yiu Fai
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Globalization, Culture and Society book series (PSGCS)


Quite a number of single women in Shanghai’s creative industries are active in the Kunqu scene. Originating in the late Yuan dynasty, Kunqu is generally considered to be one of the oldest forms of operatic arts in China. These women engage with Kunqu as fans, apprentices, teachers, organizers, or promoters. And very often, they know one another. This chapter seeks to map out what exactly they do regarding Kunqu, how and why this community of informal sociality came into being, and what the passion, friendships, and contacts they share with regard to its creative practice mean to these single women. In so doing, it engages with three lines of scholarship: deliberations on (imagined) community and citizenship, creative labour studies that often frame “sociality” among creative workers in professional terms, and fandom studies as well as audience research, which attempt to redefine what fans and audiences are in our time.


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  • Chow Yiu Fai
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  1. 1.Hong Kong Baptist UniversityKowloon TongHong Kong

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