Ping Zhu and Hui Faye Xiao, eds. Feminisms with Chinese Characteristics.
Syracuse, NY: Syracuse University Press, 2021. (Series: Gender and Globalization)
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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
Ping Zhu and Hui Faye Xiao
Part One. Chinese Feminisms in the Age of Globalization
1. “Gender” Trouble
Feminism in China under the Impact of Western Theory and the Spatialization of Identity
2. Equality and Gender Equality with Chinese Characteristics
3. The Class Characteristics of China’s Women’s Liberation and Twenty-First-Century Feminism
4. The Specter of Polygamy in Contemporary Chinese Gender Imaginations
An Interview with Dai Jinhua
Part Two. Chinese Feminisms on the Ground
5. Feminist Struggles in a Changing China
6. Why Don’t Mainland Chinese Liberals Support Feminism?
Li Jun (aka Li Sipan)
7. The Formation of Chinese Feminist Linguistic Tactics and Discourse
Adapting The Vagina Monologues for Chinese Women
Part Three. Chinese Feminisms in Women’s Literature, Art, and Film
8. “Am I a Feminist?”
An Interview with Wang Anyi
9. Wang Anyi’s New Shanghai
Gender and Labor in Fu Ping
10. “I Am Fan Yusu”
Baomu Writing and Grassroots Feminism against the Postsocialist Patriarchy
Hui Faye Xiao
11. Over 1.5 Tons
Subversive Destruction and Counter-Monumentality to the Phallic Archetype
12. Screen Feminisms with Hong Kong Characteristics
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.