Spaces of Their Own: Women's Public Sphere in Transnational China

Spaces of Their Own: Women's Public Sphere in Transnational China

by Mayfair Mei-Hui Yang
     
 

ISBN-10: 0816631468

ISBN-13: 9780816631469

Pub. Date: 02/28/1999

Publisher: University of Minnesota Press

How are the public and political lives of Chinese women constrained by states and economies? And how have pockets of women's consciousness come to be produced in and disseminated from this traditionally masculine milieu? The essays in this volume examine the possibilities for a public sphere for Chinese women, one that would both emerge from concrete historical…  See more details below

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How are the public and political lives of Chinese women constrained by states and economies? And how have pockets of women's consciousness come to be produced in and disseminated from this traditionally masculine milieu? The essays in this volume examine the possibilities for a public sphere for Chinese women, one that would both emerge from concrete historical situations and local contexts and cut across the political boundaries separating the Mainland, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and the West.

The challenges of this project are taken up in essays on the legacy of state feminism on the Mainland as contrasted with a grassroots women's movement challenging the state in Taiwan; on the role of the capitalist consumer economy in the emerging lesbian movement in Taiwan; and on the increased trafficking of women as brides, prostitutes, and mistresses between the Mainland and wealthy male patrons in Taiwan and Hong Kong. The writers' examples of masculine domination in the media include the reformulation of Chinese women in Fifth Generation films for a transnational Western male film audience and the portrayal of Mainland women in Taiwanese and Hong Kong media. The contributors also consider male nationalism as it is revealed through both international sports coverage on television and in a Chinese television drama. Other works examine a women's museum, a telephone hotline in Beijing, the films of Hong Kong filmmaker Ann Hui, the transnational contacts of a Taiwanese feminist organization, the diaspora of Mainland women writers, and the differences between Chinese and Western feminist themes.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780816631469
Publisher:
University of Minnesota Press
Publication date:
02/28/1999
Series:
Public Worlds Series, #4
Edition description:
1
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
5.88(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Editor's Acknowledgments
Introduction1
Pt. IThe Political Economy of Gender and Feminism
1From Gender Erasure to Gender Difference: State Feminism, Consumer Sexuality, and Women's Public Sphere in China35
2Practicing NGOness and Relating Women's Space Publicly: The Women's Hotline and the State68
Pt. IIExpanding Women's Space and Building a Women's Public Sphere
3How the Feminist Movement Won Media Space in Taiwan: Observations by a Feminist Activist95
4Museum as Women's Space: Displays of Gender in Post-Mao China116
5Feminism's Double: Lesbian Activism in the Mediated Public Sphere of Taiwan132
6Women on the Edges of Hong Kong Modernity: The Films of Ann Hui162
Pt. IIIMasculine Nationalism and the Male Public Sphere
7Rewriting Chinese Women: Gender Production and Cultural Space in the Eighties and Nineties191
8Strong Women and Impotent Men: Sports, Gender, and Nationalism in Chinese Public Culture207
9White Women, Male Desires: A Televisual Fantasy of the Transnational Chinese Family232
Pt. IVTransnational Crossings of Gender Images and Feminist Discourse
10With What Discourse Do We Reflect on Chinese Women? Thoughts on Transnational Feminism in China261
11Gender and a Geopolitics of Desire: The Seduction of Mainland Women in Taiwan and Hong Kong Media278
12The World Map of Haunting Dreams: Reading Post-1989 Chinese Women's Diaspora Writings308
Afterword337
Bibliography341
Contributors365
Index369

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