Title: Rocking gender values: Sammi Cheng|s androgynous persona

Authors: Anthony Y.H. Fung

Addresses: School of Journalism and Communication, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Shatin, NT, Hong Kong

Abstract: This article discusses the cultural effect of a popular Chinese female artist and singer Sammi Cheng and how her persona and stardom might possibly rock the gender values of various Chinese communities. Despite the fact that she openly denies her feminist identity, under the Chinese context, the notion of gender identities is negotiated around her songs and performativity. Culturally unconventional and provoking, Sammi explicitly represents herself as androgynous in the lyrics of her song |Non Male Non Female|.

Keywords: gender values; music; stardom; performativity; blending; Cantopop; Sammi Cheng; China; androgynous persona; gender identities.

DOI: 10.1504/IJCCM.2009.029404

International Journal of Chinese Culture and Management, 2009 Vol.2 No.3, pp.235 - 247

Available online: 29 Nov 2009

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