Eileen Chang, woman's film, and domestic Shanghai in the 1940s

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Eileen Chang (Zhang Ailing) is a twentieth-century Chinese legend. Born in Shanghai in 1920, she devoted all of her literary life to capturing the glamour, decadence, and moral ambiguity of the city. At the age of 23, Chang leapt to fame in Shanghai under the Japanese Occupation. During those three years, she published over a dozen short stories and many essays in the city's leading cultural journals and literary magazines. Her short story collection, Chuanqi (Romance) sold out in four days. The early 1940s marked not only the heyday of her literary creativity but also of her personal life. Financially independent, she married Hu Lancheng, a dilettante and top propaganda official of the collaborationist regime of Wang Jingwei.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)97-113
Number of pages17
JournalAsian Cinema
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 2000


  • 1940s
  • Eileen Chang
  • Occupation
  • Shanghai
  • Taitai wansui
  • Woman's film
  • film


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