© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, 2007 DOI: 10.1163 / 157006107X197673 2007039. EJEAS 6.1. Proef 4. 27-7-2007:18.49, page 75. EJEAS 6 . 1 ( 2007 ) 75 – 102 European Journal of East Asian Studies www.brill.nl/ejea Refined Beauty, New Woman, Dynamic Heroine or Fighter for the Nation? Perceptions of China in the Programme Selection for Mei Lanfang’s Performances in Japan ( 1919 ), the United States ( 1930 ) and the Soviet Union ( 1935 ) Catherine Yeh Boston University firstname.lastname@example.org Abstract One of the seminal cultural transformations in twentieth-century China was the rise of the female impersonator, the dan actor, to national stardom, with Mei Lanfang ( 1894 – 1961 ) as the most famous example (see Figure 1 ). 1 In the short span of 20 years, this figure, once strongly associated with being the ‘male flower’ and the ‘call-boy’ of elite men, became the representative and high point of Chinese cultural achievements. The three visits Mei Lanfang made to Japan in 1919 , the United States in 1930 and the Soviet Union in 1935 helped establish the image of cultural China through the art of the female impersonator. Keywords visual culture; urban history; photography The rise
European Journal of East Asian Studies – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2007
Keywords: VISUAL CULTURE; PHOTOGRAPHY; URBAN HISTORY
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