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East Asian Men pp 183-198 | Cite as

Emerging Heterosexualities in an Era of TV Dating: Exploring Young Chinese Men’s Experiences of Love and Intimacy

  • Chao Yang
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Abstract

This chapter argues that the reform and opening-up policies implemented since the late 1970s have facilitated a shift in how love and intimacy are experienced. It explores the changing meanings of heterosexual relationships by focusing on a group of young Chinese men living in Beijing. As a popular genre fused with a neoliberal reasoning as well as traditional matchmaking principles, young Chinese men’s interpretations of the most popular Chinese reality dating programme is connected to dating and relationship practices in everyday lives. An individualized relationship pattern drawing upon a market principle and consumerist mentality, as well as traditional collective values, is observed. This tends to suggest the emergence of a post-socialist romantic subjectivity, embodying a complex power dynamic between tradition and modernity.

Keywords

Multiple Relationship Chinese Youth Premarital Cohabitation Happy Relationship Extramarital Relationship 
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  • Chao Yang
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  1. 1.Renmin University of ChinaBeijingChina

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