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Translating Feminisms in China

Translating Feminisms in China

Dorothy Ko (Editor), Wang Zheng (Editor)

ISBN: 978-1-405-16170-1

Nov 2007

264 pages

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$35.95

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This volume, which brings together articles by scholars and activists in China, Japan, Canada and the US in multiple disciplines, seeks to illuminate the problems and possibilities involved in translating feminism from the metropolitan ‘West’ to a locale rife with its own ideas about gender, class, body and sexuality.

  • Showcases the centrality of gender in the formation of modern China
  • Demonstrates the extent to which translated feminisms — whatever they mean — have transformed the terms in which modern Chinese understand their own subjectivities and histories
Introduction: Translating Feminisms in China: WANG Zheng and Dorothy KO.

1. Concepts of Women’s Rights in Modern China: Mizuyo SUDO.

2. Translating the New Woman: Chinese Feminists View the West, 1905-1915: Carol C. CHIN.

3. Womanhood, Motherhood and Biology: The Early Phases of The Ladies’ Journal, 1915-1925: Yung-chen CHIANG.

4. The Nationalist and Feminist Discourses on ‘Jianmei’ (Robust Beauty) during China’s ‘National Crisis’ in the 1930s: Yunxiang GAO.

5. Making a Great Leap Forward? The Politics of Women’s Liberation in Maoist China: Kimberley Ens MANNING.

6. ‘The Silver Flower Contest’: Rural Women in the 1950s and the Gendered Division of Labour: GAO Xiaoxian.

7. Rethinking the ‘Iron Girls’: Gender and Labour during the Chinese Cultural Revolution: JIN Yihong.

8. Who Is a Feminist? Understanding the Ambivalence towards Shanghai Baby, ‘Body Writing’ and Feminism in Post-Women’s Liberation China: Xueping ZHONG

“One of the major strengths of the chapters dealing with the Socialist period lies in the authors’ use of participant observation and extensive interviewing.” (WOMEN: A CULTURAL REVIEW, December 2009)

"The editors have selected contributions from a wide range of positions and disciplines to create a stimulating ‘cacophony’ of voices, analyses and interpretations." (Women and Gender in Chinese Studies Review, 2008)


  • Brings together articles by scholars and activists in China, Japan, Canada, and the US in multiple disciplines

  • Seeks to illuminate the problems and possibilities involved in translating feminism from the metropolitan ‘West’ to a locale rife with its own ideas about gender, class, body and sexuality

  • Showcases the centrality of gender in the formation of modern China

  • Demonstrates the extent to which translated feminisms — whatever they mean — have transformed the terms in which modern Chinese understand their own subjectivities and histories