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Accidental Celebrities: China's Chastity Heroines and Charity<sup>*</sup>

Elaine Jeffreys

in Celebrity in China

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print February 2010 | ISBN: 9789622090873
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882206670 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789622090873.003.0004
Accidental Celebrities: China's Chastity Heroines and Charity*

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This chapter examines accounts of China's contemporary chastity heroines. It highlights the evolution of government and community responses in relation to the provision of charity to the socially vulnerable, as well as the role played by the media in producing the temporary celebrity required to stimulate that charity in the first place, by comparing the forms of assistance that were offered to Tang Shengli in 1997 and Liu Qinqin in 2005–06.

Keywords: chastity heroines; charity; temporary celebrity; Tang Shenglu; Liu Qinqin

Chapter.  7004 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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