Buying Beauty: Cosmetic Surgery in China by Wen Hua

By Wen Hua

Cosmetic surgical procedure in China has grown swiftly in recent times of dramatic social transition. dealing with fierce pageant in all spheres of everyday life, a growing number of girls contemplate plastic surgery as an funding to realize "beauty capital" to extend possibilities for social and profession success.

Building on wealthy ethnographic facts, this publication offers the views of girls who've gone through plastic surgery, illuminating the aspirations in the back of their offerings. Wen Hua explores how turbulent financial, sociocultural, and political adjustments in China because the Nineteen Eighties have produced gigantic anxiousness that's skilled either mentally and corporeally. This booklet will attract readers who're drawn to gender reviews, China stories, anthropology and sociology of the physique, and cultural studies.

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Coming back to power after the Cultural Revolution, Deng Xiaoping embarked on his policy on modernization and economic reform, establishing systems which favored the development of science and technology. ” With the embrace of science, the discipline of plastic surgery began to be revived. During the 1980s, apart from the Journal of Plastic and Burn Surgery mentioned by Zhang above, several other professional academic journals were established, such as The China Aesthetic and Plastic Surgery Journal, The Chinese Medical Aesthetics and Cosmetology Journal, The Chinese Aesthetic Medical Journal, and The Chinese Plastic Surgery Journal.

Introduction 21 3000 2781 2500 2284 2000 1588 1500 1000 1430 953 792 500 3 0 Year 1998 12 1999 2000 162 294 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 Figure 1 The number of hits for the key word “cosmetic surgery” in WiseSearch (1998–2007) TV Stations. Information gathered from these sources appears at points throughout this book. Organization of the Book The chapters that follow are divided into different thematic sections. Each section consists of two chapters. The first section outlines the historical and cultural background of cosmetic surgery in China.

From 1954 to 1955, supervised by Song Ruyao and Hong Ming, the war-surgery study center at 201 Hospital of the CPLA in Liaoyang also set up an operation team for reconstructive and maxillofacial surgery. These operation teams provided reconstructive surgery to wounded soldiers on a large scale, which made the government realize the necessity for developing reconstructive surgery and training more skilled plastic surgeons. During the Korean War, the practical value of reconstructive surgery was highly appreciated by the Communist Party state, which enabled the development of reconstructive surgery in China in the 1950s.

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