Fanaccount / 130322 SJM Swing Presscon:
1 - Hyuk noticed the chairs can be set higher or lower
2 - Hyuk to Siwon: Ah, this height is good
3 - Hyuk to Hae: This is better right?
4 - Donghae to Siwon: /pokes/ yes yes this is good
5 - Siwon: Okay now, that is enough, my turn now
6 - Siwon to Hyuk: You go down now n_n
7 - Siwon: …and I go higher n_n
8 - All: Aren’t we bored enough…

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20th Century Chinese Feminist Figures and Writings

This is a compilation of some important contemporary Chinese Feminist Figures and some interesting Chinese feminist writings, with a couple being written by Chinese-Americans. The ones mentioned here are all in English, but if you can read Chinese you can always search these people on Baidu or Google, and you should be able to find their works pretty easily. 

Zhen Heyin (1886-1920) 

Considered the the founder of Chinese Feminism, Zhen Heyin was a female theorist, as well as the editor of a prominent feminist-anarchist journal, “Natural Justice”. Unlike her contemporaries, Zhen Heyin was less concerned with China’s fate as a nation and more with the relationships between patriarchy, imperialism, capitalism, and gender subjugation as global and transhistorical problems. Her bold writings were considered radical and dangerous in her lifetime and gradually have been erased from the historical record.  You can read about her in “The Birth of Chinese Feminism: Essential Texts in Transnational Theory” by Lydia He Liu, Rebecca E. Karl and Dorothy Ko. 

Ding Ling 丁玲 (1904-1986) 

One of the most celebrated 20th-Century Chinese Writers, as well as an influential communist revolutionary figure. 

If you’re interested in her Authorial Works, she’s well known for:

  •  Miss Sophia’s Diary (about a young woman describing her unhappiness in life and romance… most people compare it to Madame Bovary but it obviously has a different historical and cultural background)
  • When I was in Xia Village (which exposed the double standards centered around Gender in the Communist Party)
  •  The Sun Shines over Sanggan River (which reflects the life of peasants and the class struggle at the time of the implementation of land reform in Northern China). 

But since today is International Women’s Day and this post is focused on Feminism, I especially urge you to read her famous essay, written in 1942, “Thoughts on March 8” (Yes China celebrated International Women’s Day back in 1942. It still does. It even gives some working women a half day off) It is a very insightful piece of work, shedding light upon the status of women at the time, as well as on Ding Ling’s struggle to merge feminism with the male-dominated communist movement. I couldn’t find a full pdf file online, but you can read it here

Li Xiaojiang 李小江  (Short Chinese Bio along with a list of works) 

A woman who’s nearly always mentioned when it comes to contemporary Chinese feminism, Li Xiaojiang is most well known for writing “The Progress of Humanity and Women’s Liberation” or 《"人类进步于妇女节放", which is thought to be one of the first official publications on modern feminism in China. Today she’s a professor at Zhejiang University, and is still a pioneer of women’s and gender studies.  

Some English Works about her: 

Wang Zheng

An affiliated scholar at the Institute for Research on Women and Gender at Stanford University, here are some of her works: 

Other historical Chinese Feminists you should check out:

Recent writings about 20th Century Chinese Feminism that you should check out: 

Feminism in Transition: Chinese Culture, Ideology, and the Development of the Women’s Movement in China by Alicia S. M. Leung 

The Many Dimensions of Chinese Feminism by Ya- Chen Chen

Feminism Lost in Translation?: When a Chinese Woman Speaks Through an American Woman’s Voice in Pearl Buck’s East Wind, West Wind by Zhou Haipeng  

Telling Love: The Feminist Import of a Woman’s Negotiation of the Personal and the Public in Socialist China by Lai Mingyan

Women journalists and Feminism in China, 1898-1937 by Yuxin Ma