By Wen Hua
Cosmetic surgical procedure in China has grown speedily in recent times of dramatic social transition. dealing with fierce pageant in all spheres of way of life, a growing number of ladies ponder plastic surgery as an funding to realize "beauty capital" to extend possibilities for social and occupation success.
Building on wealthy ethnographic information, this ebook provides the views of ladies who've gone through plastic surgery, illuminating the aspirations in the back of their offerings. Wen Hua explores how turbulent financial, sociocultural, and political adjustments in China because the Eighties have produced tremendous nervousness that's skilled either mentally and corporeally. This publication will attract readers who're drawn to gender stories, China experiences, anthropology and sociology of the physique, and cultural studies.
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From the late nineteenth to the early twentieth century, Western notions of beauty had an impact on the beauty ideal in China. Along with Western fashion and lifestyle, images of Western women appeared in various Chinese newspapers and magazines such as Shen Bao Daily, Liangyou Huabao and Linglong. After Hollywood movies were shown in Shanghai, images of Hollywood movie stars were no longer strange to Chinese women. Over the years, Chinese newspapers and magazines had also published numerous pictures of Hollywood actresses.
Fashion shows and exhibitions staged in Beijing in the late 1970s and the early 1980s symbolized the awakening of China’s fashion industry. The French designer, Pierre Cardin, who made his first trip to China in 1978, is the first Western figure to preach fashion to China after the Cultural Revolution. In April 1979, he presented his first fashion show at the Beijing Ethnic Cultural Palace, which only people from the fashion world could attend. Later, in 1981, Cardin was able to present his collection at the Beijing Hotel, this time to a broader audience.
It was also quite usual that I was treated as a “spy” by owners or surgeons of privatelyowned cosmetic surgery clinics when I tried to discuss sensitive issues with them. Under such circumstances, my social network in Beijing was valuable in helping me find sites to investigate cosmetic surgery. By mobilizing all kinds of social networks, I came to know three “gatekeepers” of the cosmetic surgery industry in Beijing: people with remarkable connections in the cosmetic surgery industry. Building rapport with these gatekeepers had greatly helped me access cosmetic surgery clinics/hospitals as well as women who underwent cosmetic surgery.
Buying Beauty: Cosmetic Surgery in China by Wen Hua