Performing the Public Man: Mapping Culture and Identities in China’s Grassroots Leisure Class



Underneath a freeway overpass, on a vacant concrete traffic island in the middle of bustling Beijing, forty Chinese women in their sixties and seventies, dressed in silk brocaded jackets and padded silk pants, slowly waved lime-green handkerchiefs and fluttered hot pink, white, and green striped fans above their heads…They followed an undulating and circulating pattern, dividing into two rows, then reuniting to form one big group.


Public Performer Public Leisure Spaces Dance Site Rural Migrant Workers Dance Teacher 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of GeographyThe University of Hong KongHong KongHong Kong

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