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Maids in the Televisual City:

Wanning Sun

in TV Drama in China

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9789622099401
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207646 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789622099401.003.0007
Maids in the Televisual City:

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This chapter is concerned with public representations of private lives as they unfold in the urban family. Using the maid as a point of entry to modern family life in the city, it argues that although peripheral in most narratives of urban life, the figure of the maid offers important clues to unravelling the dark side of the modern city in China. The chapter analyzes three dramas that feature the maid as a central figure, namely Professor Tian and His Twenty-eight Maids (Tian jiaoshou jiade ershiba ge baomu, 2001), Chinese Maids in Foreign Families (Shewai baomu, 2002), and Ultimate Justice (Cangtian youyan, 2004).

Keywords: urban family; maid; family life; Professor Tian; Chinese Maids; Ultimate Justice

Chapter.  6180 words. 

Subjects: Television

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