This paper offers a critical review of the study of masculinity among overseas Chinese. Rather than turning to Confucianism which has been deployed as the “deep structure” for explaining Chinese masculinity, this paper argues that attention should be directed to the Chinese kinship ideology, which will prove to be a more helpful tool in conceptualizing Chinese masculinity. Through ethnographic cases in Taiwan and Hong Kong, I will show how Chinese masculinity has derived from the Chinese kinship system, on the one hand, and how men in Taiwan and Hong Kong ended up expressing Chinese masculinity differently because of the different geopolitics on the other. This paper concludes that the nature and character of Chinese masculinity overseas, after all, hinges upon another two contexts: geopolitics and its relationship with femininity. It follows that Chinese masculinity cannot be studied in isolation but must be considered in relation to contexts.
|Number of pages||26|
|Journal||Translocal Chinese: East Asian Perspectives|
|Early online date||10 Apr 2023|
|Publication status||Published - Apr 2023|
Bibliographical notePublisher Copyright:
© Hoi Yan Yau, 2023.
- Chinese masculinity
- Chinese kinship ideology
- glorifying one's ancestor
- Hong Kong