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.
International Journal of Chinese Culture and Management, 2009 Vol.2 No.3, pp.235 - 247
Published online: 29 Nov 2009 *Full-text access for editors Access for subscribers Purchase this article Comment on this article