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



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.


Chinese Woman Popular Culture Cultural Revolution Traditional Chinese Culture Party Secretary 
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