The European Journal of Humour Research

Vol 9, No 4 (2021)

‘She is like a Yakshini’: character construction via aggressive humour in Chinese sitcom discourse

Ying Cao,Chong Han,Xiangdong Liu,Adrian Hale


This paper looks at the importance of aggressive humour in the discursive construction of a ‘Yakshini’ character in a popular Chinese sitcom, Ipartment. The exaggerated, aggressive nature of such a stereotypical character undermines traditional cultural norms of Chinese femininity. Such characterisation of a heroine through aggressive humour in a popular sitcom reflects the fact that empowering women has become (or is becoming) more acceptable in contemporary China. 


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