Document Type

Journal Article

Authors

Yiu Fai Chow

Department/Unit

Department of Humanities and Creative Writing

Title

Creative industries, showbiz, and sexualized young women: The Hong Kong book fair

Language

English

Abstract

This article investigates the annual Hong Kong Book Fair, where lang mo—sexy girls who would not qualify for conventional fashion modeling but appear almost ubiquitously in the city—and their sexy photo albums, calendars, cushions in their body shapes, and high-profile presence, have been causing public debates and moral panic. Drawing on material published during the media battle that started in 2009 and culminated the year after, I argue that the lang mo and the controversy surrounding their presence transformed the real place of the Book Fair into a heterotopic space where other sites were juxtaposed, where utopian ideals were constituted and contested, where young women and men were celebrating their moments of freedom and conjuring regimes of control.

Publication Date

2014

Source Publication Title

Communication, Culture and Critique

Volume

7

Issue

4

Start Page

595

End Page

611

Publisher

Wiley

DOI

10.1111/cccr.12065

Link to Publisher's Edition

http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/cccr.12065

ISSN (print)

17539129

ISSN (electronic)

17539137

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