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Pink Dramas:

Ya-chien Huang

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/9789622099401.003.0008
Pink Dramas:

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This chapter examines “pink dramas,” a new subgenre reflecting the social empowerment of single women in modern Confucian societies. It explores elements of post-feminist irony in perplexing modern relationships, representations of the changing politics of femininity, as well as tensions between modern and traditional gender values faced by young single women. The chapter examines two pink dramas, Pink Ladies (Fenhong nülang) and Falling in Love (Haoxiang haoxiang tan lianai), and describes the political, cultural, and economic undercurrents beneath the production and reception of this genre. It also investigates how foreign programming, such as Sex and the City, offers a fertile arena to test gender identities and provides symbolic resources to some Chinese women as they grapple with real-life dilemmas.

Keywords: pink dramas; femininity; Pink Ladies; Falling in Love; gender identities

Chapter.  5012 words. 

Subjects: Television

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