Performing Postmodern Taiwan: Gender, Cultural Hybridity, and the Male Cross-dressing Show

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Wesleyan University, 2008 - 353 pages
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In the mid-1990s, a new trend---the so-called fanchuan show, a male cross-dressing show---made a great impact on Taiwan's entertainment industry. In my study, I examine cultural representation within and politics surrounding a male cross-dressing performance troupe called Redtop Arts. Redtop, established in Taipei in 1994, is a case study through which I scrutinize gender ideology and modernist cultures at large in Taiwan. Redtop's organization, politics, representation of females, multicultural programs, and selection of various musical materials from around the world highlight the Taiwanese public's perceptions of sexuality and gender, as well as exemplify the democratic hybrid culture of postcolonial Taiwan.

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