Friday, April 12, 2013

Upcoming Seminar: Miss Etiquette and Post-socialist China

"Gendered State Gymnasts: Miss Etiquette and Post-socialist China"

Speaker: WU Ka Ming
Assistant Professor

Department of Cultural and Religious Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Time: 12:30 p.m., Friday, 19 April 2013
Venue: Room 401 Humanities Building, New Asia College, CUHK


This talk examines the Miss Etiquette, a phenomenon of having young and attractive women serving at various national events and ceremonies, such as holding flags or standing by for medal presentation at the Beijing Olympics or the Guangzhou Asian Games in China. I argue that the Miss Etiquette phenomenon represents not a simple "re-feminization" of Chinese mainland gender culture, but a new kind of state-sponsored nationalist performance, which figures the contradictory forces of the socialist legacy of gymnastics, the military disciplinary regime, and patriarchal gaze in post-socialist China.

Feel free to bring your box lunch or sandwich to eat during the talk

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