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Chinese men in London--narratives of masculinity in a transnational world

  • Dr. Derek Hird
Friday 23 October 2015
Interdisciplinary Explorations of China’s Changing Gender Dynamics 1900-2015
Cleveringaplaats 1
2311 BD Leiden

Chinese men in London--narratives of masculinity in a transnational world’:  How do men from China living and working in London negotiate the gendered and sexualized discourses that constitute the masculine subject in the UK? In what ways do they attempt to accumulate 'masculine capital' within this particular set of gendered expectations and assumptions? How does living in London affect the ways they make sense of themselves as Chinese men? In this talk,  Dr. Hird will discuss some of the gendered experiences, aspirations and anxieties that London-based professional Chinese men shared with him in narrative interviews, and will explore the implications of their stories for conceptualising Chinese and transnational masculinities.  


Derek Hird is a Senior Lecturer in Chinese Studies at the University of Westminster. His research focuses on Chinese men and masculinities. He has written on topics such as white-collar men, androgyny and domestic violence in contemporary China, and is currently researching the experiences of  transmigrant Chinese men in London. He is the co-author of monograph Men and Masculinities in Contemporary China (Brill 2013).

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