Despite China’s growing conservative vision on women, the recent screening of the tour concert film Erase the Taylor Swift in Beijing provided a rare outlet for young women rejecting social controls and rigid expectations. 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.
Many educated Chinese women are critical of sexual harassment, male violence, and discrimination in the labor market. Despite President Xi Jinping’s urging for women to focus on childbirth and take on a more domestic role, these women are determined to make their voices heard.
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, with her Shanghai stop selling out within seconds.
The film has resonated with Chinese audiences, with many attendees expressing that it gave them a sense of empowerment and courage. As the film continues its run during Lunar New Year holiday season fans across China are gearing up to attend shows feeling powerful and brave.