Sporting Gender: Women Athletes and Celebrity-Making during China's National Crisis, 1931-45 by Yunxiang GaoSporting Gender: Women Athletes and Celebrity-Making during China's National Crisis, 1931-45 by Yunxiang Gao

Sporting Gender: Women Athletes and Celebrity-Making during China's National Crisis, 1931-45

byYunxiang Gao

Paperback | January 1, 2014

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When China hosted the 2008 Summer Olympics – and amazed international observers with both its pageantry and gold-medal count – it made a very public statement about the country’s surge to global power. Yet, China has a much longer history of using sport to communicate a political message. Sporting Gender is the first book to explore the rise to fame of female athletes in China during its national crisis of 1931-45 brought on by the Japanese invasion. By re-mapping lives and careers of individual female athletes, administrators, and film actors within a wartime context, Gao shows how these women coped with the conflicting demands of nationalist causes, unwanted male attention, and modern fame. While addressing the themes of state control, media influence, fashion, and changes in gender roles, she argues that the athletic female form helped to create a new ideal of modern womanhood in China at time when women’s emancipation and national needs went hand in hand. This book brings vividly to life the histories of these athletes and demonstrates how intertwined they were with the aims of the state and the needs of society.

Yunxiang Gao is an associate professor of East Asian history at Ryerson University.
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Title:Sporting Gender: Women Athletes and Celebrity-Making during China's National Crisis, 1931-45Format:PaperbackDimensions:348 pages, 8.98 × 6.01 × 0.85 inPublished:January 1, 2014Publisher:Ubc PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0774824824

ISBN - 13:9780774824828

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Table of Contents

Introduction

1 Zhang Huilan (1898-1996): The “Mother of Women’s Modern Physical Education”

2 Nationalist and Feminist Discourses on Jianmei (Robust Healthy Beauty)

3 The Basketball Team of the Private Liangjiang Women’s Tiyu Normal School

4 The Evanescent Glory of the Track Queens

5 “Miss China,” Yang Xiuqiong (1918-82): A Female Olympic Swimmer

6 Sportswomen on Screen: The “Athletic Movie Star,” Li Lili (1915-2005)

Conclusion

Notes; Glossary of Chinese Terms, Titles, and Names; Bibliography; Index

Editorial Reviews

Sporting Gender is a fascinating account of the intersection of gender, sports, and popular culture in wartime China. Combining individual biography, national politics, and gender identity, Gao’s book reveals the rise of women athletes as a new cultural force. - Poshek Fu, author of Between Shanghai and Hong Kong: The Politics of Chinese Cinemas