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Television and Dating in Contemporary China

Identities, Love and Intimacy


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Chao Yang
    Pages 1-14
  3. Chao Yang
    Pages 15-45
  4. Chao Yang
    Pages 77-114
  5. Chao Yang
    Pages 147-165
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 167-216

About this book


This book considers the changing nature of intimacy in contemporary China, providing a unique case study of romantic subjectivities in young people in the world’s fastest growing economy.  Since the implementation of reform in 1978, the economic and socio-cultural environment of modern China has experienced a dramatic transformation under the influence of urbanization and globalization, facilitating more individualized identity among Chinese youth. This book bridges the gap between an emergent emphasis on individualisation and the country’s traditional norms and values. It focuses on young people’s understandings of various forms of relationships such as cohabitation, extramarital relationships and multiple relationships, suggesting a challenge to traditional familial values and an increasingly diversified understanding of the concepts of love and romance. By examining the formation of relationships among 21st century Chinese youth, notably through the lens of popular Chinese TV dating programs, this book considers how dating and relationships mirror China’s changing societal structure and examines social and cultural transformations in Chinese society. 


Social and cultural transformations in Chinese society Television Dating in China Relationship Ethicindividualized identity among Chinese youth Identity and love in China Gender and intimacy in China Young people in China formation of relationships among 21st century Chinese youth Popular Chinese TV and dating

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Renmin University of ChinaBeijingChina

About the authors

Dr Chao Yang is a postdoctoral researcher at the School of Journalism, Renmin University of China. Her research examines the construction of love and intimacy in post-reform China. 

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