In Beijing, a rare outlet for young women rejecting social controls and the rigid expectations of the Communist Party was provided by the recent screening of the tour concert film Erase the Taylor Swift. Despite President Xi Jinping’s increasingly conservative vision on women, which urges them to focus on childbirth and take on a more domestic role, many educated Chinese women are critical of sexual harassment, male violence, and discrimination in the labor market. The film, featuring Taylor Swift, resonated with a younger, more gender-aware generation in China, which is patriarchal and traditionally values male dominance.
The absence of Taylor Swift’s tour in China comes as the country struggles with economic challenges, including a drop in consumer confidence and a slowdown in the overall economy. However, the screening of the tour concert film in China has provided a financial boost to the industry, grossing 95 million yuan at the box office. The film has been popular among Chinese feminists and has provided a rare outlet for young women in a nation where the ruling party has increased censorship of concerts, movies, and streaming content. Despite being a symbol of American society, Taylor Swift has been welcomed in China.
Many attendees expressed that it gave them a sense of empowerment and courage after watching the film during its run in China. The program has been a huge success with fans across the country gearing up to attend shows during Lunar New Year holiday. As it continues to play to packed houses across China