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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 Anthropology of Chinese Masculinity in Taiwan and Hong Kong

The Anthropology of Chinese Masculinity in Taiwan and Hong Kong

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Changing Chinese Masculinities

Heung-wah Wong

Hoi-yan Yau

Hong Kong University Press

The aim of this chapter is to spell out the differences in the characteristics of manhood in the Chines societies of Taiwan and Hong Kong. We argue that there are different Chinese masculinities in Taiwan and Hong Kong that are resulted from complex articulations between Chinese kinship systems, geopolitics, and other factors and therefore conclude that there is certainly no single essentialized Chinese masculinity. This chapter raises two questions. The first is: can we still say that there is a form of manhood that is applicable to all Chinese societies? The second question is if masculinity is just a dependent variable in the chain of social explanation, should the form of research be relocated to the geopolitics, the family system, and their interrelations?

Keywords:   Chinese masculinity, Geopolitics, kinship system, Taiwan, Hong Kong

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