Feminisms with Chinese Characteristics

Dear colleagues,

We are excited to announce the publication of our co-edited volume, Feminisms with Chinese Characteristics.

Book Details

Ping Zhu and Hui Faye Xiao, eds. Feminisms with Chinese Characteristics.
Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 2021. (Series: Gender and Globalization)
1st edition, 408 pages | 12 B/W Illus.
Paper 9780815637257; Hardcover 9780815637394; eBook 9780815655268
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The year 1995, when the Fourth World Conference on Women was held in Beijing, marks a historical milestone in the development of the Chinese feminist movement. In the decades that followed, three distinct trends emerged: first, there was a rise in feminist NGOs in mainland China and a surfacing of LGBTQ movements; second, social and economic developments nurtured new female agency, creating a vibrant, women-oriented cultural milieu in China; third, in response to ethnocentric Western feminism, some Chinese feminist scholars and activists recuperated the legacies of socialist China’s state feminism and gender policies in a new millennium. These trends have brought Chinese women unprecedented choices, resources, opportunities, pitfalls, challenges, and even crises.

In this timely volume, Zhu and Xiao offer an examination of the ways in which Chinese feminist ideas have developed since the mid-1990s. By juxtaposing the plural “feminisms” with “Chinese characteristics,” they both underline the importance of integrating Chinese culture, history, and tradition in the discussions of Chinese feminisms, and, stress the difference between the plethora of contemporary Chinese feminisms and the singular state feminism.

The twelve chapters in this interdisciplinary collection address the theme of feminisms with Chinese characteristics from different perspectives rendered from lived experiences, historical reflections, theoretical ruminations, and cultural and sociopolitical critiques, painting a panoramic picture of Chinese feminisms in the age of globalization.


Feminisms with Chinese Characteristics: An Introduction
By Ping Zhu and Hui Faye Xiao

Part One. Chinese Feminisms in the Age of Globalization

“Gender” Trouble: Feminism in China under the Impact of Western Theory and the Spatialization of Identity
By Nicola Spakowski

Equality and Gender Equality with Chinese Characteristics
By Li Xiaojiang

The Class Characteristics of China’s Women’s Liberation and Twenty-First-Century Feminism
By Xueping Zhong

The Specter of Polygamy in Contemporary Chinese Gender Imaginations: An Interview with Dai Jinhua
By Wu Haiyun

Part Two. Chinese Feminisms on the Ground

Feminist Struggles in a Changing China
By Wang Zheng

Why Don’t Mainland Chinese Liberals Support Feminism?
By Li Jun (aka Li Sipan)

The Formation of Chinese Feminist Linguistic Tactics and Discourse: Adapting The Vagina Monologues for Chinese Women
By Ke Qianting

Part Three. Chinese Feminisms in Women’s Literature, Art, and Film

“Am I a Feminist?”: An Interview with Wang Anyi
By Liu Jindong

Wang Anyi’s New Shanghai: Gender and Labor in Fu Ping
By Ping Zhu

“I Am Fan Yusu”: Baomu Writing and Grassroots Feminism against the Postsocialist Patriarchy
By Hui Faye Xiao

Over 1.5 Tons: Subversive Destruction and Counter-Monumentality to the Phallic Archetype
By Shuqin Cui

Screen Feminisms with Hong Kong Characteristics
By Gina Marchetti

About the Editors

Ping Zhu is associate professor of Chinese literature at the University of Oklahoma. She is the author of Gender and Subjectivities in Early Twentieth-Century Chinese Literature and Culture and the coeditor of Maoist Laughter.

Hui Faye Xiao is professor of Chinese literature at the University of Kansas. She is the author of Family Revolution: Marital Strife in Contemporary Chinese Literature and Visual Culture and Youth Economy, Crisis, and Reinvention in Twenty-First-Century China: Morning Sun in the Tiny Times.

posted by: Faye Xiao hxiao@ku.edu

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