WAGIC is a dedicated space for discussing gender, sexuality and feminism(s) in China past and present

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July 5, 2018

In May 2018, the China Academic Network on Gender (CHANGE) was inaugurated with a conference that it held at the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) in partnership with SOAS, King’s College London (KCL) and East China Normal University (ECNU). The conference, ‘Articula...

Book reviewed: Elizabeth J. Remick, Regulating Prostitution in China: Gender and Local Statebuilding 1900–1937. Stanford, California: Stanford University Press, 2014. 288pp. ISBN-10: 0804788367 (hardcover).

Prostitution studies has become an increasingly noteworthy fiel...

June 25, 2018

In the summer of 2017, Wolf Warrior 2, a patriotic action blockbuster directed by martial artist Wu Jing, who also co-wrote the film and played the lead role in it, became the highest grossing Chinese film ever and triggered a wave of public discussions in China and be...

June 18, 2018

Masculinities in the Republican period (1912-49) were particularly fragile and complex due to the sweeping societal changes that occurred after the fall of the Qing Empire. In former times, educated men would have focused their time on the imperial examination with the...

June 11, 2018

In their response to socio-economic transformation, filmic masculinities are capable of evincing the dreams and anxieties of entire generations. In this article, I discuss the ways in which three recent Chinese box office hits portray diverse masculinities against the...

June 4, 2018

The class hierarchy of scholar/gentry-peasant-worker-merchant 士农工商 (shinonggongshang) was generally accepted in imperial China after political thinker Guan Zhong (725 – 645BC) proposed it a couple of centuries before Confucius. This ranking has had profound implication...

June 3, 2018

In our first issue dealing specifically with masculinities, our contributors were asked to consider how conceptions of masculinity intersect with consumption and nation. Their submissions bring into focus the changes that capitalism have engendered – or that have happe...

June 2, 2018

On May 7th, my friends and I felt outraged when we saw a banner on the school square that read “Your children can have 26 or 27 Gan die(干爹)”. Gan die (干爹) is a Chinese word used on social media that might be translated as ‘sugar daddy’. Without any hesitation, we prote...

June 2, 2018

Two earthquakes devastated areas in Sichuan, Wenchuan in 2008 and Lushan in 2013, but elicited very different public responses to the Red Cross Society of China (CRC) efforts to fundraise. This post explores the significance and role of celebrity, gender and politics i...

May 30, 2018

The first story is that of a lonely male diaosi (literally “dick hair”, a neologism to describe mediocre losers) who vents his frustrations of his hopeless working life and temporarily escapes his isolation by watching nüzhubo (female casters on livestreams) bantering,...

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