Male Bonding in Ming China

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Making friends and making music are two fundamental activities through which people construct their personal identities and social relationships in their historical, cultural, and engendered times and spaces. To probe such activities as revealing facets of Ming history and culture, this essay presents three case studies of Ming men making music and bonding with male friends. To highlight the expressive, cultural, and social significance of music, this essay postulates that music catalyzed male bonding in Ming China by providing a tool, a site, and a process for Ming men to express and negotiate their masculine desires, identities, and roles.


Men, Women and Gender in China



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