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Woman Being
A film by Wen-Jie Qin
1997, 20 minutes, Color, DVD, Subtitled
Order No. W99589
In a critical examination of changing concepts of beauty and sexuality in modern China, WOMAN BEING illustrates how a flood of Western pop culture is adversely affecting women's expectations and self-worth. Revisiting her hometown Chengdu after a long absence, videomaker Wen-Jie Qin traces the impact of a newly booming beauty industry in a country where thirty years ago women were beat up for wearing makeup. Combining interviews and footage from glamour photo studios and television, WOMAN BEING explores the rise of a new super-feminine, highly sexualized ideal. "This hard-nosed look at women in contemporary China makes a persuasive case for how the economies of pleasure, beauty, and consumption are transacted through exploiting women's bodies and images. It provides a sobering prognosis of what 'freedom' might mean for women in China today." - Marina Heung, Baruch College, CUNY


    "Insightful and distinctive...shows how young women's passion in grasping Western concepts of beauty reflects China's economic transformation..."
    Vivian Huang
    Asian Cinevision

    "This candid film takes you into the heart of Chinese women's lives."
    Richard Rogers
    Harvard Film Study Ctr

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