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ObsessionMale Same-Sex Relations in China, 1900-1950$
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Wenqing Kang

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9789622099807

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789622099807.001.0001

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Tabloid Sex and Cultural Conservatives

Tabloid Sex and Cultural Conservatives

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Wenqing Kang

Hong Kong University Press

Through tabloid newspapers in Shanghai, a group of writers based in China's urban areas, which this chapter refers to as the cultural conservatives, were able to connect same-sex relations with national survival. Here, same-sex relations became their venue for expressing their anxieties regarding the country's well-being. This group was generally comprised of educated men who regularly wrote for the public and were well-versed in classical Chinese texts. In contrast to the iconoclastic reformers who utilized Western ideas of democracy and science to promote change, the cultural conservatives asserted the preservation of Chinese culture and remained critical regarding Western civilization. As they detested politicians for bringing on the nation's situation, they also blamed women's liberation advocates for initiating moral confusion and disrupting gender order.

Keywords:   tabloid newspapers, national survival, cultural conservatives, Chinese culture, country's well-being

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