Advertisement

Gender Reconstruction in Post-Mao Urban China: The Interplay between Modernity and Popular Culture

Chapter

Abstract

Post-Mao urban China has witnessed an explosion in popular culture and an unprecedented expansion of public space for women, especially young women, to express themselves openly. In recent years, a new type of cultural revolution has taken place in urban China, triggered in part by the widespread use of the Internet, which adds a significant new dimension to popular culture and provides an immediate and direct means for women’s self-expression and self-representation. Concomitant with the growth of a booming Internet community is the emergence of an unusual array of young female “celebrities” in urban China.

Keywords

Chinese Woman Popular Culture Cultural Revolution Traditional Chinese Culture Party Secretary 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.

Preview

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Bibliography

  1. Baranovitch, Nimrod. China’s New Voices: Popular Music, Ethnicity, Gender, and Politics, 1978–1997. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 2003.Google Scholar
  2. Cody, Edward. “In Chinese Cyberspace, A Blossoming Passion.” Washington Post, July 19, 2005. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/07/18/AR2005071801561.html (accessed December 11, 2007).
  3. “Crying Confucius Statue Arouses Dispute.” CRIENGLISH.com, November 13, 2006. http://english.cri.cn/ (accessed April 11, 2008).
  4. Duara, Prasenjit. “The Regime of Authenticity: Timelessness, Gender, and National History in Modern China.” History and Theory 37, n. 3 (1998): 287–308.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  5. Edwards, Louise. “Policing the Modern Woman in Republican China.” Modern China 26, n. 2 (2000): 115–47.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  6. Evans, Harriet. “Fashion and Feminine Consumption.” In Consuming China: Approaches to Cultural Change in Contemporary China, edited by Kevin Latham, Stuart Thompson, and Jakob Klein, 313–45. New York: Routledge, 2006.Google Scholar
  7. Farquhar, Judith. Appetites: Food and Sex in Post-Socialist China. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2002.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  8. Farrer, James. “China’s Women Sex Bloggers and Dialogic Sexual Politics on the Chinese Internet.” China Aktuell—Journal of Current Chinese Affairs 4 (2007): 10–44.Google Scholar
  9. “Female College Student Claims to Be a Spicy Girl of Sinology and Asserts That Even to Entice Confucius Would Not Be a Matter of Difficulty.” November 7, 2006. http://news.sina.com.cn/s/2006–11-07/172511450460.shtml (accessed January 11, 2010).
  10. Ferry, Megan M. “Marketing Chinese Women Writers in the 1990s, or the Politics of Self-Fashioning.” Journal of Contemporary China 12, n. 37 (2003): 655–75.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  11. Goff, Peter. “Beijing Halts Internet Adventures of Sister Lotus.” The Telegraph, August 13, 2005. http://www.telegraph.co.uk (accessed February 10, 2008).
  12. Hershatter, Gail. “State of the Field: Women in China’s Long Twentieth Century.” The Journal of Asian Studies 63, n. 4 (2004): 991–1065.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  13. Hudson, Chris. “Bad Girls Go Digital: National Selves, Cyber Selves, Super Selves.” In Youth, Media, Culture in the Asia Pacific Region, edited by Usha M. Rodrigues and Belinda Smaill, 135–55. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008.Google Scholar
  14. “Internet Celebrity Sister Furong: ‘Nobody Is Sexier than I Am in China.’ ” Yangshi wang, December 20, 2009. http://news.wenxuecity.com/BBSView.php? SubID=news&MsgID=977704 (accessed December 22, 2009).
  15. “Jiang Wenli Commends Sister Furong for Her Courage and Claims That She Herself May Have Jewish Blood.” Zhongguo xinwen wang, January 26, 2008. http://news.wenxuecity.com/BBSView.php?SubID=news&MsgID=514177 (accessed April 11, 2008).
  16. “Lift the Veil of Sister Furong.” June 14, 2005. http://news.sina.com.cn/ (accessed February 10, 2008).
  17. Lu, Sheldon H. China, Transnational Visuality, Global Postmodernity. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2001.Google Scholar
  18. “The Official Version of Furong Jiejie: Seven Party Secretaries and Mayors Have Become Internet Celebrities.” Zonghe Xinwen, July 24, 2008. http://news.wenxuecity.com/BBSView.php?SubID=news&MsgID=658764 (accessed December 11, 2010).
  19. Roberts, I. D. “China’s Internet Celebrity: Furong Jiejie.” In Celebrity in China, edited by Louise Edwards and Elaine Jeffreys, 217–36. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press, 2010.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  20. Rofel, Lisa. Other Modernities: Gendered Yearnings in China after Socialism. Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1999.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  21. “Seeking Fame through Exposing Themselves: What Is Wrong with Those Such as Sister Furong.” Tengxun Education, June 14, 2005. http://edu.qq.com/a/20050617/000084.htm (accessed April 11, 2008).
  22. Sister Furong. Blog. http://frjj.blog.sohu.com/200132488.html (accessed February 15, 2012).
  23. —. Blog. http://furongjiejie.bokee.com (accessed November 10, 2007).
  24. Spicy Girl. Blog. http://hi.baidu.com/guoxuelamei (accessed January 10, 2009).
  25. Stevens, Sarah E. “Figuring Modernity: The New Woman and the Modern Girl in Republican China.” NWSA Journal 15, n. 3 (2003): 82–103.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  26. Tatlow, Didi Kirsten. “Inside China’s Greatest Mystery.” International Herald Trib une, February 12, 2012. http://rendezvous.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/02/12/inside-chinas-greatest-mystery/ (accessed February 14, 2012).
  27. Wang, Jing. “Culture as Leisure and Culture as Capital.” positions: east asia cultures critique 9, n. 1 (2001): 69–104.CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  28. Yang, Mayfair Mei-hui. “From Gender Erasure to Gender Difference: State Feminism, Consumer Sexuality, and Women’s Public Sphere in China.” In Spaces of Their Own: Women’s Public Sphere in Transnational China, edited by Mayfair Mei-hui Yang, 35–67. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, 1999.Google Scholar
  29. Zhang, Hong. America Perceived: The Making of Chinese Images of the United States, 1945–1953. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2002.Google Scholar
  30. “Zhang Yimou: Even Sister Furong Can Be Accepted, What Movies Should I Direct in Order Not to Be Called ‘Degrading?’ ” Chongqing Wangbao, December 14, 2009. http://www.canadameet.me/news/ent/2009/1215/2876.html (accessed January 10, 2010).
  31. “Zhao Zhongxiang Claims to Be Grandpa Furong.” http://media.people.com.cn/GB/40606/9856085.html. August 14, 2009 (accessed December 10, 2010).
  32. Zhong, Xueping. Masculinity Besieged? Issues of Modernity and Male Subjectivity in Chinese Literature of the Late Twentieth Century. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2000.Google Scholar
  33. —, Wang Zheng, and Bai Di, eds. Some of Us: Chinese Women Growing Up in the Mao Era. New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2001.Google Scholar

Copyright information

© Hong Zhang 2013

Authors and Affiliations

There are no affiliations available

Personalised recommendations