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Eileen ChangRomancing Languages, Cultures and Genres$
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Louie Kam

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9789888083794

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888083794.001.0001

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Romancing Returnee Men: Masculinity in “Love in a Fallen City” and “Red Rose, White Rose”*

Romancing Returnee Men: Masculinity in “Love in a Fallen City” and “Red Rose, White Rose”*

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(p.15) 1 Romancing Returnee Men: Masculinity in “Love in a Fallen City” and “Red Rose, White Rose”*
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Eileen Chang
Author(s):
Kam Louie
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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888083794.003.0002

This chapter focuses on “Love in a Fallen City” (1943) and “Red Rose, White Rose” (1944), stories that were produced at a time when China was in the midst of Japanese invasion and occupation, so that the standard cultural norms did not operate totally under the usual social constraints. The central male characters in these stories, Liuyuan and Zhenbao, were considered “ideal modern Chinese men”. However, Eileen Chang reveals that despite the social acclaim they both receive from their good social positions and university educations, their gentlemanly image is only a veneer. Their self-seeking behaviour is no different from those of other men who have never been abroad.

Keywords:   Love in a Fallen City, Red Rose White Rose, Masculinity, wen-wu, returnee men

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