Zhuang Dafei (left) and Yao Chen in a still from Rock it, Mom. The Chinese TV drama is turning the typical onscreen portrayal of mums on its head. Photo: iQiyi
Zhuang Dafei (left) and Yao Chen in a still from Rock it, Mom. The Chinese TV drama is turning the typical onscreen portrayal of mums on its head. Photo: iQiyi

Not your typical Asian mum: character in Rock it, Mom, a Chinese TV drama, subverts stereotypes by smoking, swearing, and playing rock music

  • Yao Chen’s turn as Peng Lai, a 40-year-old rock star mum who smokes, wears heavy make-up, swears and drinks is wowing Rock it, Mom viewers
  • The show subverts the usual daughter-mum dynamic, making the mother the loose cannon and troublemaker – and Chinese viewers are lapping it up

Zhuang Dafei (left) and Yao Chen in a still from Rock it, Mom. The Chinese TV drama is turning the typical onscreen portrayal of mums on its head. Photo: iQiyi
Zhuang Dafei (left) and Yao Chen in a still from Rock it, Mom. The Chinese TV drama is turning the typical onscreen portrayal of mums on its head. Photo: iQiyi
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