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Sporting Gender : Women Athletes and Celebrity-Making during China's National Crisis, 1931-45

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This book will appeal to those interested in Chinese history, gender studies, cinema studies, and sports history.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 348 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 25.4mm | 640g
  • Vancouver, Canada
  • English
  • 38 b&w photos
  • 0774824816
  • 9780774824811

Table of contents

Introduction

1 Zhang Huilan (1898-1996): The "Mother of Women's Modern Physical Education"

2 Nationalist and Feminist Discourses on Jianmei (Robust Healthy Beauty)

3 The Basketball Team of the Private Liangjiang Women's Tiyu Normal School

4 The Evanescent Glory of the Track Queens

5 "Miss China," Yang Xiuqiong (1918-82): A Female Olympic Swimmer

6 Sportswomen on Screen: The "Athletic Movie Star," Li Lili (1915-2005)

Conclusion

Notes; Glossary of Chinese Terms, Titles, and Names; Bibliography; Index
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Review quote

Yunxiang Gao has written a sensational book! The story of women and sports in modern China has enough flesh and glitz, even a scandal or two, to hook a tabloid reader. But the meticulous research and first-rate historical thinking pack a different punch, making it a book that serious scholars would want to savour, debate, and assign to their students.--Dorothy Ko "co-editor of The Birth of Chinese Feminism: Essential texts in Transnational Theory " Yunxiang Gao has written a sensational book! The story of women and sports in modern China has enough flesh and glitz, even a scandal or two, to hook a tabloid reader. But the meticulous research and first-rate historical thinking pack a different punch, making it a book that serious scholars would want to savour, debate, and assign to their students.
- Dorothy Ko, co-editor of "The Birth of Chinese Feminism: Essential texts in Transnational Theory" Gao's attention to the life stories of influential Chinese sporting women like Zhang Huilan, Lu Lihua, Yang Xiuqiong, and Li Lili adds much depth and texture to our understanding of Republican-era "tiyu." Her explication of the tensions of growing mass media production and the war with Japan help us to appreciate how notions of sport and gender were redefined during China's national crisis.
- Andrew D. Morris, author of Colonial Project, National Game: A History of Baseball in Taiwan "Sporting Gender" is a fascinating account of the intersection of gender, sports, and popular culture in wartime China. Combining individual biography, national politics, and gender identity, Gao's book reveals the rise of women athletes as a new cultural force.
- Poshek Fu, author of Between Shanghai and Hong Kong: The Politics of Chinese Cinemas
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About Yunxiang Gao

Yunxiang Gao is an associate professor of East Asian history at Ryerson University.
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