1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of Chinese Gender & Sexuality

Edited By Jamie J. Zhao, Hongwei Bao Copyright 2024
    398 Pages 29 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    This Handbook offers a rich survey of topics concerning historical, modern and contemporary Chinese genders and sexualities.

    Exploring gender and sexuality as key dimensions of China’s modernisation and globalisation, this Handbook effectively situates Chinese gender and sexuality in transnational and transcultural contexts. It also spotlights nonnormative practices and emancipatory potentials within mainstream, heterosexual-dominated and patriarchally structured settings. It serves as a definitive study, research and resource guide for emerging gender and sexuality issues in the Chinese-speaking world. This Handbook covers interdisciplinary methodologies, perspectives and topics, including:

    • History
    • Literature
    • Art
    • Fashion
    • Migration
    • Translation
    • Sex and desire
    • Film and television
    • Digital media
    • Star and fan cultures
    • Fantasies and lives of women and LGBTQ+ groups
    • Social movements
    • Transnational feminist and queer politics

    Paying acute attention to nonnormative genders and sexualities and emphasising the intersectionality of gender, sexuality, nationality, ethnicity and class, this Handbook offers an essential, field-defining text to Chinese gender and sexuality studies.

    Introduction: New Directions in Chinese Gender and Sexuality Studies

    Jamie J. Zhao and Hongwei Bao

    Part 1: Theorising Gender and Sexual Histories

     1. He-Yin Zhen and Anarcho-Feminism at the Turn of the Twentieth Century

    Rebecca E. Karl

    2. Nudity and Modernity—New Forms of Gendered Voyeurism in the Art of Dan Duyu

    Louise Edwards

    3. Gendered Language in Modern Chinese History

    Coraline Jortay

    4. Patriarchal Problems between Revolution and Reform

    Harriet Evans

    Part 2: Transnational Migration and Transcultural Mobility

     5. National Allegory and Media Performativity: Chinese Masculinity in the Context of K-Pop and American Rambo

    Mayfair Mei-Hui Yang

    6. Gender, Sexuality and Educational Mobility: Chinese Women Students in Australia

    Fran Martin

    7. Gender and Sexuality in the Anglophone White Snake Worlds

    Liang Luo

    8. Prostitution and Human Trafficking

    Tiantian Zheng

    9. Enacting Transnational Masculinity Regimes in the Migrant Context: Chinese Migrants in Japan

    Jamie Coates

    Part 3: Queer/ing China

    10. When Queer Theory Speaks Chinese: Translating Queer in China

    Hongwei Bao

    11. Claustrophobic Sexuality: Mapping Gay Male Urban Subjects and Postmodernity in the Films of Cui Zi’en

    Alvin K. Wong

    12. Theorising Queer Cinemas

    Victor Fan

    13. Speaking the ‘L’ Elsewhere: Queering Women on TV in a Global China

    Jamie J. Zhao

    14. Opening the Door to a New World’: Danmei and the Gender Revolution in China

    Ling Yang and Yanrui Xu

    Part 4: Shifting Discourses Surrounding Womanhood

    15. Funü: The Onion Peeling Stories

    Xin Huang

    16. Chinese Women-in-Suits

    Talel Bar and Haiqing Yu

    17. Rethinking nüxing yishu in the PRC: The Shifting Discourses around Art by Women from the 1990s to Today

    Monica Merlin

    18. Beyond Cyborg Prostitutes: Fantasies of Womanhood, Translated Chinese SF, and Soft Power

    Angie Chau

    Part 5: Gendered Governance and Contestation in Emerging Cultures and Spaces

    19. Women as Dancing Wanghong on Douyin: Affective Affordances and Gender Performativity

    Han Fu, Anthony Fung and Jindong Leo-Liu

    20. Negotiating Hegemonic Masculinity in Postsocialist China: Grassroots Male Images in Cyberspace

    Song Geng and Ran Xi

    21. Sublimated Machismo: Patriarchy, Hegemonic Masculinity and Popular Nationalism in China’s Hip-hop Culture

    Sheng Zou

    22. From Women’s Space to Gendering the Public Sphere: Ai Xiaoming’s Practice of Everyday Life and Activism

    Jinyan Zeng and Xibai Xu


    Jamie J. Zhao is a global queer media scholar and currently Assistant Professor in Media and Cultural Studies in the School of Creative Media at City University of Hong Kong.

    Hongwei Bao is Associate Professor in Media Studies and co-director of the Centre for Critical Theory and Cultural Studies at the University of Nottingham, UK.