Celebrity in China

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2010-02-15
  • Publisher: Hong Kong Univ Pr

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Celebrity is a pervasive aspect of everyday life and a growing field of academic inquiry. This is the first book-length exploration of celebrity culture in the People's Republic of China and its interaction with international norms of celebrity production. The book comprises case studies from popular culture (film, music, dance, literature, internet); official culture (military, political, and moral exemplars) and business celebrities. This breadth illuminates the ways capitalism and communism converge in the elevation of particular individuals to fame in contemporary China. The book will interest scholars and students in media, popular culture and China studies. Journalists may find the book useful for their analysis of famous figures in China and people working in creative industries area may appreciate these insights into 'image management' in China.--Louise Edwards is professor of modern China studies at the University of Hong Kong. -Elaine Jeffreys is a senior lecturer in China studies at the University of Technology, Sydney.---

Table of Contents

List of Illustrationsp. vii
List of Tablesp. viii
List of Contributorsp. ix
Celebrity/Chinap. 1
Military Celebrity in China: The Evolution of 'Heroic and Model Servicemen'p. 21
China's Celebrity Mothers: Female Virtues, Patriotism and Social Harmonyp. 45
Accidental Celebrities: Chinas Chastity Heroines and Charityp. 67
Celebrity Philanthropy: The Cultivation of Chinas HIV/AIDS Heroesp. 85
Jet Li: 'Wushu Master' in Sport and Filmp. 103
Literary Celebrity in China: From Reformers to Rebelsp. 125
Flexible Celebrity: A Half-Century of Miao Popp. 145
Jin Xing: China's Transsexual Star of Dancep. 169
China's Celebrity Entrepreneurs: Business Models for 'Success'p. 193
China's Internet Celebrity: Furong Jiejiep. 217
Notesp. 237
Referencesp. 243
Indexp. 277
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