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, ‘Articulating Gender in Modern China: Retro-Prospective Encounters’, brought together researchers from Europe and China whose research focuses on gender issues in modern...

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 field in various disciplines such as history, sociology, and anthropology. In the context of the area studies of China, the majority of research concerning prostitut...

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 beyond. This Hollywood-style action-adventure film, which features a former Chinese special-ops soldier’s rescue operations in a war-torn African country, combines...

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 goal of obtaining employment in the state bureaucracy. Yet, following the breakdown of the imperial system, Republican literati were left to form societies in w...

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 backdrop of a confident and economically powerful China. The films’ depictions of transnationally mobile, cosmopolitan, yet often intensely patriotic masculiniti...

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 implications on how masculinity was perceived. While there have been some minor variations to the order and make-up of the categories, the convention of having the merchant...

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 happened in line with capitalism – in what constitutes a ‘real man.’ Their submissions reflect on masculinities in the business world and cultural portrayals, in the...

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