By Lisa Rofel
Drawing on her study during the last twenty years between city citizens and rural migrants in Hangzhou and Beijing, Rofel analyzes the meanings that people connect to varied public cultural phenomena and what their interpretations say approximately their understandings of post-socialist China and their roles inside of it. She locates the 1st broad-based public debate approximately post-Mao social alterations within the passionate dialogues concerning the renowned 1991 tv cleaning soap opera Yearnings. She describes how the emergence of homosexual identities and practices in China unearths connections to a transnational community of lesbians and homosexual males even as that it brings urban/rural and sophistication divisions to the fore. The 1999–2001 negotiations over China’s access into the area exchange association; a arguable women’s museum; the ways in which younger unmarried girls painting their longings relating to the privations they think their moms skilled; adjudications of the boundaries of self-interest in complaints regarding homoerotic wish, highbrow estate, and customer fraud—Rofel unearths all of those as websites the place wanting topics come into being.
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