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Theorising Chinese masculinity : society and gender in China

Author: Kam Louie
Publisher: Cambridge ; Oakleigh, Vic. : Cambridge University Press, 2002.
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In the first comprehensive analysis of Chinese masculinity. Kam Louie uses the concepts of wen (cultural attainment) and wu (martial valour) to explain attitudes to masculinity. This revises most Western analyses of Asian masculinity that rely on the yin-yang binary. Examining classical and contemporary Chinese literature and film, the book also looks at the Chinese diaspora to consider Chinese masculinity within  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Kam Louie
ISBN: 0521806216 9780521806213
OCLC Number: 49907231
Description: viii, 239 p. ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introducing wen-wu : towards a definition of Chinese masculinity --
Portrait of the god of war Guan Yu : sex, politics and wu masculinity --
Confucius as sage, teacher, businessman : transformations of the wen icon --
Scholars and intellectuals : representations of wen masculinity past and present --
The working-class hero : images of wu in traditional and post-Mao fiction --
Women's voices : the ideal 'woman's man' in the twentieth century --
Lao She's The two mas and foreign wives : constructing wen masculinity for the modern world --
Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan and Chow Yun Fat : internationalising wu masculinity --
Wen-wu reconstructed : Chinese masculinity hybridised and globalised.
Responsibility: Kam Louie.
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In the first comprehensive analysis of Chinese masculinity. Kam Louie uses the concepts of wen (cultural attainment) and wu (martial valour) to explain attitudes to masculinity. This revises most Western analyses of Asian masculinity that rely on the yin-yang binary. Examining classical and contemporary Chinese literature and film, the book also looks at the Chinese diaspora to consider Chinese masculinity within and outside China.

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