A promotion poster for Sisters Who Make Waves, a Chinese TV reality show produced by Hunan Television. Photo: Handout A promotion poster for Sisters Who Make Waves, a Chinese TV reality show produced by Hunan Television. Photo: Handout
A promotion poster for Sisters Who Make Waves, a Chinese TV reality show produced by Hunan Television. Photo: Handout
Lijia Zhang
Opinion

Opinion

Lijia Zhang

How a TV talent show for older women has thrown a spotlight on feminist discourse in China

  • The show, which includes glamorous women in their 50s, fails to live up to its ‘girl power’ trappings, but it has sparked a heated online debate about feminism and ageism in China

A promotion poster for Sisters Who Make Waves, a Chinese TV reality show produced by Hunan Television. Photo: Handout A promotion poster for Sisters Who Make Waves, a Chinese TV reality show produced by Hunan Television. Photo: Handout
A promotion poster for Sisters Who Make Waves, a Chinese TV reality show produced by Hunan Television. Photo: Handout
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Lijia Zhang

Lijia Zhang

Lijia Zhang is a rocket-factory worker turned social commentator, and the author of a novel, Lotus.