Buying Beauty: Cosmetic Surgery in China by Wen Hua

By Wen Hua

Cosmetic surgical procedure in China has grown swiftly lately of dramatic social transition. dealing with fierce pageant in all spheres of lifestyle, a growing number of ladies think of plastic surgery as an funding to realize "beauty capital" to extend possibilities for social and occupation success.

Building on wealthy ethnographic information, this booklet provides the views of girls who've gone through plastic surgery, illuminating the aspirations at the back of their offerings. Wen Hua explores how turbulent monetary, sociocultural, and political alterations in China because the Nineteen Eighties have produced sizeable nervousness that's skilled either mentally and corporeally. This ebook will entice readers who're drawn to gender stories, China experiences, anthropology and sociology of the physique, and cultural studies.

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Zhang D. S. 2003: 197) Although materials used in surgery in the 1930s were definitely different from what is used today, it is interesting that the cosmetic surgery operations such as double-eyelid blepharoplasty, mammaplasty and rhinoplasty, which are popular today, were already in demand by Chinese women in the 1930s. The emergence of these surgeries reflects the changing ideas of female beauty in 1930s China. For example, unlike the view of today, The Cultural History of Plastic Surgery in China 31 which favors large eyes and double eyelids, traditional images of female beauty in Chinese literature and paintings always showed long, thin, almond-shaped eyes with single-fold eyelids.

Webster came to China again in 1948, giving a short course on reconstructive surgery in Shanghai to students from different medical schools and provinces. Although plastic surgery was not well developed at that time, this group of surgeons, including Zhu Hongyin, Wang Liangneng, and Li Wenren, continued their research and work on reconstructive surgery in Beijing, Xi’an and Shanghai, and eventually became famous plastic surgeons in China (Zhang D. S. 2005: foldout). Another important figure in the early history of plastic surgery in China is Dr.

During my fieldwork, I particularly concentrated on “listening to women” (Davis 1995) who had undergone cosmetic surgery. Through the different methods mentioned above, I interviewed fifty-eight of these women. I identified several of them as key informants, and constantly chatted with them in person, via phone calls or online messaging. Two thirds of the interviewees were from Beijing and the others came from other cities and provinces such as Shanghai, Chongqing, Sichuan, Yunnan, Liaoning, Heilongjiang, Shandong, Guizhou, Hubei, Henan, and Guangdong.

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