Polysemy: Discussions and Debates on the Huang–Lu Love Affair

  • Qiliang He
Part of the Chinese Literature and Culture in the World book series (CLCW)


This chapter focuses on debates in the periodical press regarding the love affair, with which journalists and newspaper contributors popularized newly introduced ideas of marriage, divorce, concubinage, and compassionate family. Newspapers circulated in various regions and journalists of differing ideological orientations capitalized on the coverage of the Huang–Lu affair to disseminate their liberal, conservative, statist, or anarchistic views on new gender relations and family values. The debates on the elopement signal the final triumph of anti-individualistic, pro-family conservatives in the wake of the Nationalist Party’s unification of China. This chapter highlights the multiple interpretations of the elopement because of a lack of consensus among writers, scholars, and journalists in their discussions of the elopement.


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  • Qiliang He
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