Chronicle of Women

A Hongkong Story

Rozanna Lilley*

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In this paper I offer a feminist analysis of a theatrical production recently staged in Hongkong. I suggest that through a performative strategy of negotiating between compliance and resistance to normative constructions of Chinese/Hongkong womanhood, the show under consideration succeeds in giving us a highly nuanced representation of gendered colonial subjects. Many of these subtleties were erased by audience interpretations of the performance as an allegorical account of Hongkong/China relations framed by the issue of sovereignty transferral in 1997. Instead of seeing this as a negative process, I argue that critiques of patriarchy and political hegemony can and must productively interrupt one another in contemporary Hongkong.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)86-112
Number of pages27
JournalThe Australian Journal of Anthropology
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 1994


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