Love Stories in China: The Politics of Intimacy in the Twenty-First Century, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Love Stories in China

The Politics of Intimacy in the Twenty-First Century, 1st Edition

Edited by Wanning Sun, Ling Yang


304 pages | 7 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9780367224691
pub: 2019-08-20
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This book explores how political, economic, social, cultural and technological forces are (re)shaping the meanings of love and intimacy in China's public culture. It focuses on a range of cultural and media forms including literature, film, television, music and new media, examines new cultural practices such as online activism, virtual intimacy and relationship counselling, and discusses how far love and romance have come to assume new shapes and forms in the new millennium. The book provides deep insights into how the huge transformation of China over the last four decades has impacted the micro lives of ordinary Chinese people.

Table of Contents

Section 1: Marriage in trouble, Chapter 1 Love stories in contemporary China: cultural production in the new millennium, Wanning Sun and Ling Yang, Chapter 2 Is it better to cry on a BMW or laugh on a bicycle? Television shows, marriage and the production of class in urban China Roberta Zavoretti, Chapter 3 Successology for women: relationship experts and sociobiological discourses Haiping Liu, Chapter 4 Holding virtual hands: an ethical practice against male infidelity in digital China, Yi Zhou, Section 2: Rural–urban inequality, Chapter 5 ‘Phoenix men’: changing representations of urban–rural marriages in contemporary China, Guoqing Zheng, Chapter 6 Negotiating class and the rural–urban divide in urban homes: configuring the maid in literature and popular culture Yanwen Li, Chapter 7 Wounded masculinities: the subaltern between online longings and offline realities Tingting Liu, Section 3: Gender, race and class, Chapter 8 Women in rural romantic love: gender politics in television dramas, Huike Wen Chapter 9 ‘Tiny Times’, persistent love: gender, class and relationships in post-1980s bestsellers Ling Yang Chapter 10 The ‘social factory’ of China’s male ‘virtual lovers’ Chris K. K. Tan and Zhiwei Xu, Chapter 11 International romance: changing discourses of Chinese–foreign intimacy in the decades of economic reforms Pan Wang, Section 4: Queer voices, Chapter 12 The emerging ‘national husband’: queer female fantasy in popular culture Jamie J. Zhao, Chapter 13 ‘Revolution plus love?’ Online fandom of the television drama series The Disguiser Xiqing Zheng, Chapter 14 A love story: Li Yuchun’s fans and contemporary Chinese singledom Maud Lavin

About the Editors

Wanning Sun is Professor of Media and Communication at University of Technology Sydney

Ling Yang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Chinese at Xiamen University, China

About the Series

Media, Culture and Social Change in Asia

The aim of this series is to publish original, high-quality work by both new and established scholars in the West and the East, on all aspects of media, culture and social change in Asia. New proposals are welcome, and should be sent in the first instance to the series editor, Stephanie Donald, at

Editorial Board:

Gregory N. Evon, University of New South Wales
Devleena Ghosh, University of Technology, Sydney
Michael Keane, Curtin University
Tania Lewis, RMIT University, Melbourne
Vera Mackie, University of Wollongong
Kama Maclean, University of New South Wales

Laikwan Pang, Chinese University of Hong Kong
Gary Rawnsley, Aberystwyth University
Ming-yeh Rawnsley, School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London
Jo Tacchi, Loughborough University
Adrian Vickers, University of Sydney
Jing Wang, MIT
Ying Zhu, Hong Kong Baptist University



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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies