Living with a Generation—Qilinghou, Balinghou, Jiulinghou
This chapter investigates the experiences of single women in creative work along the generational paradigm, not only as a matter of age in the personal, individual sense, but also as connected to the historical features specific to China—for instance, the post-1990s (jiulinghou) with their confident earnestness to engage in start-up projects, the post-1980s (balinghou) with the introduction of the one-child policy, and the post-1970s (qilinghou) with the intertwining of the lives of their contemporaries with the end of the Cultural Revolution. The chapter engages critically with theories that seek to employ social generations as an important way to analyse people’s relationships with their life courses, examining their usefulness and limitations. This chapter outlines the genealogies of Chinese generational terms and reviews a collection of popular generational publications. Meanwhile, as cued by the subjects, historical features will be documented to configure a wider context to understand their subjective accounts as single women doing creative work.
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