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Tiantian Zheng

Tiantian Zheng

Tiantian Zheng, Sociology/Anthropology Department, recently was contacted by BBC World Service radio to be interviewed for their show “Outside Source.” She was asked to be prepared to discuss masculinity in China and the recent publication of Little Men, a textbook for boys aimed to correct effeminate behavior. Little Men contains six chapters that encourage boys to be in touch with their masculinity and is aimed at children in the 4th and 5th grades to fight the growing “gender crisis” in the country. Part of Zheng’s recent book Tongzhi Living has analyzed the perceived “crisis” of masculinity, “feminized” boys/men, and nation-wide implemented measures in China to enhance gender difference to combat the issue.