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Go NationChinese Masculinities and the Game of Weiqi in China$
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Marc L. Moskowitz

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780520276314

Published to California Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520276314.001.0001

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Retirement and Constructions of Masculinity among Working-Class Weiqi Players

Retirement and Constructions of Masculinity among Working-Class Weiqi Players

(p.119) Six Retirement and Constructions of Masculinity among Working-Class Weiqi Players
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Marc L. Moskowitz

University of California Press

This chapter examines the lives of people ranging in age from their forties to their seventies who talk about their love of the game. Among this age group, the Cultural Revolution was often mentioned as a contrast to the contemporary moment. Unlike the situation of the middle-class and elite players of the children’s schools or Peking University’s club, for the most part, it is parks that provide the arena for working-class retired citizens to play. These players attested to a very different relationship between Weiqi players and Chinese identity, though masculinity continues to be an important part. As a reflection of these men’s age and economic class, the park culture was quite distinct from other Weiqi-playing venues. The park-goers frequently—and loudly—offered their opinions about good or bad moves. This boisterous group ethos was in marked contrast to the reserved, Confucian-inspired behavior at the children’s schools and university clubs. The parks thereby offer a different view of Weiqi culture, as well as a very different set of conceptions about proper masculine behavior.

Keywords:   Cultural Revolution, elderly, friendship, masculinity, political economy, seizing the initiative, working class

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