Subverting the ‘Good Wife and Wise Mother’: The Roles and Public Persona of Xu Jinglei

  • Lara VanderstaayEmail author


This chapter will examine how director, actor, scriptwriter and popular blogger Xu Jinglei has, in her film roles, both in front of and behind the camera, as well as in her public persona, provided Chinese society with multiple examples of women who defy traditional stereotypes of Chinese womanhood. These stereotypes include the concept of the “good wife and wise mother” which continues to pervade contemporary Chinese views of women. This chapter will undertake a comparative analysis of the roles of Xu Jinglei’s characters in her films, her roles as director and scriptwriter, and her personal life, particularly her relationships and fertility issues.


Xu Jinglei Gender roles Chinese film Chinese women 


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  1. 1.University of QueenslandBrisbaneAustralia

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