Arts and Culture
This contribution will examine three stage and one screen adaptions of Eve Ensler’s famous feminist play Vagina Monologues in China: from the debut of the play by teachers and students from the Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou in 2003 to queer filmmaker Fan Popo’s 2013 documentary VaChina Monologues. I examine how different Feminist and
Queer identified individuals and groups in China articulate their disparate gender and sexual politics through creative ways of rewriting the play and re-imagining Chinese women’s bodies. In doing so, I also interrogate the opportunities and challenges that younger generations of Chinese feminists face in negotiating transnational feminist ideas and in coming up with culturally specific activist strategies.