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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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All Dogs Deserve to be Beaten

All Dogs Deserve to be Beaten

Negotiating Manhood and Nationhood in Chinese TV Dramas

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(p.204) 11 All Dogs Deserve to be Beaten
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Changing Chinese Masculinities
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Geng Song

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Hong Kong University Press
DOI:10.5790/hongkong/9789888208562.003.0012

The interconnection between nationalism and masculinity in Chinese popular culture has attracted scholarly attention in recent years. Nationalist sentiments and the images of national heroes in the Chinese media have increasingly become distinctly Chinese characteristics of masculinity in the global age. Perhaps the most conspicuous examples can be found in TV dramas, an overwhelmingly popular and influential form of entertainment in contemporary China. This chapter discusses the centrality of nationalism in the televisual construction of masculinity in post-socialist China, with a particular focus on a 70-episode drama series entitled The Dog-beating Staff, a nationwide smash hit in 2013, and explores how television represents a “happy marriage” between the state’s agenda and popular social desire through representations of nationalism and masculinity.

Keywords:   TV drama, masculinity, nationalism, Anti-Japanese War

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