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Youth Culture in Chinese Language Film

1st Edition

By Xuelin Zhou


196 pages | 39 B/W Illus.

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This book explores the vigorous film cultures of mainland China, Taiwan and Hong Kong from the perspective of youth culture. The book relates this important topic to the wider social, cultural, and institutional context, and discusses the relationship between the films and the changes that today are transforming each society. Among the areas explored are the differences between the three film industries, their creation of new types of screen hero and heroine, and their conflicts with traditional Chinese attitudes such as respect for age. The many films discussed provide fresh perspectives on the ways in which young people are coping with gender, sexuality, class, coming of age, the pressures of education, and major social shifts such as rural to urban migration. They show young adults in each society striving to construct new value systems for a complex, rapidly changing environment.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction

2. Hong Kong, Taiwan, mainland China and their film industries

3. We all grow up like this: Coming of age in Taiwan cinema

4. Villagers in the metropolis: Young peasant workers in Chinese cinema

5. Cramming for college: High school boys and girls in Taiwan cinema

6. Spring sunshine: School films in the People’s Republic of China

7. Made in Hong Kong: Youth genre in Hong Kong cinema

8. Conclusion

About the Author

Xuelin Zhou is a senior lecturer in Media, Film and Television at the University of Auckland, New Zealand.

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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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Ethnic Studies / General