Monday, October 6, 2014

[Upcoming Seminar] Killing the Blues: Male Nostalgia and Paid Sex in Southern China

Killing the Blues: Male Nostalgia and Paid Sex in Southern China

Speaker: Kevin MING 
(Center Associate, Asian Studies Center, University Center for International Studies, University of Pittsburgh)
Time: 12:30 p.m., Friday, 10 October, 2014  
Venue: Room 12 Humanities Building, New Asia College, CUHK


This talk will discuss nostalgic consumption among mostly older men paying for sex in southern China. It raises a number of questions. What are we to make of a “nostalgia for nostalgia” that is self-consciously traditionalist and that reproduces forms of very contemporary consumptive intimacy? What does the excess and failure of signification in these encounters tell us about masculinities in China today? And how might masculinist forms of nostalgia be turned to other uses by working women who have differing interests and relationships to loss? Thinking this along the margins of China’s ongoing development projects, this talk argues, points to unexpected relations between loss and life.



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