Performing gentility in modern China, 1911-1937
Tze, Hui Yi
Date of Issue2016
School of Humanities and Social Sciences
In the Republican era (1911-1937), it was a period of time where rapid changes swept across China. Chinese women were liberated and played a significant role in modern Chinese society. However, these changes challenged the traditional gender ideology. Consequently, fears began to arise from the destablising effects that modernity will bring on women and the nation. It is in such a context that tradition became increasingly important, acting as a counterbalance against modernization. The continuation of tradition can be seen in performing concepts of gentility by women, and thereby retaining their traditional Chinese values in modern China. The paper will delve into the idea of gentility, why it is important, and how it is being assessed through examples of women’s lives. It shows that the women’s experience is not just modern, but also a continuation of tradition.
Final Year Project (FYP)
Nanyang Technological University