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Changing Chinese MasculinitiesFrom Imperial Pillars of State to Global Real Men$
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Louie Kam

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9789888208562

Published to Hong Kong Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.5790/hongkong/9789888208562.001.0001

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The Postsocialist Working Class

The Postsocialist Working Class

Male Heroes in Jia Zhangke’s Films

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Changing Chinese Masculinities

Sheldon Lu

Hong Kong University Press

This chapter is a study of the portrayal of male characters in Jia Zhangke’s films. These films describe ordinary Chinese people caught in a historic yet troubled transition from a socialist planned economy to a capitalist market economy. Male heroes (or anti-heroes) are central characters in Jia’s films. The filmic depiction of Chinese masculinity in crisis partakes of a more general description of the aspirations as well as grievances of a whole generation of people in postsocialist China.

Keywords:   Jia Zhangke, postsocialism, working class, masculinity

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