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Gender and sexuality were overlooked themes within the background of chinese language civilization, even though philosophers, writers, mom and dad, medical professionals, and usual humans of all descriptions have left reams of historic proof at the topic. in addition, China's overdue imperial govt was once arguably extra fascinated with gender and sexuality between its matters than the other pre-modern kingdom. Sexual wish and sexual intercourse have been seen as innate human wishes, necessary to physically health and wellbeing and healthiness, and common marriage and copy served the nation by way of delivering tax-paying matters, duly bombarded with propaganda approximately kin values. How did those and different past due imperial legacies form twentieth-century notions of gender and sexuality in sleek China? during this splendidly written and mesmerizing publication, Susan Mann solutions that question by means of focusing in activate country coverage, principles concerning the actual physique, and notions of sexuality and distinction in China's fresh historical past, from drugs to the theater to the homosexual bar; from legislation to artwork and activities. extra greatly, the ebook exhibits how alterations in attitudes towards intercourse and gender in China in the course of the 20th century have forged a brand new gentle at the means of changing into smooth, whereas at the same time not easy the universalizing assumptions of Western modernity.

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