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March 27, 2018

Yu Xiuhua (born 1976) is one of China’s leading and most widely read poets today. She has been described as ‘China’s Emily Dickinson’, though Yu herself is less than enthusiastic about the label.

Born and raised in a rural village in Hubei Province, Yu dropped out of high school a year before graduation.  It wasn’t until her late 20s that she wrote her first poem, entitled 'Imprint' (印痕).

In 2014 Yu became an overnight Inte...

November 15, 2017

Born and raised in Lhasa, Yangdon (Ch. Yangzhen) (1963-2017) took an interest in literature from an early age and began publishing in Mandarin in her teens in the Lhasa-based magazine Xizang wenyi (Tibetan Literature and Arts). After finishing high school, Yangdon won a place at Beijing University where she would major in Chinese literature. Upon graduation in 1985, she returned to Lhasa to begin work as an assistant editor fo...

October 11, 2017

Often described as “China’s first sexologist”, Li Yinhe (1952 -) is a pioneer and leading figure in women and gender studies in China, and one of the country’s best-known experts on sex and sexuality.

Born in Beijing, Li obtained her PhD in Sociology from the University of Pittsburgh in 1988 with a thesis entitled Marriage and Family for Modern Chinese Females. On her return to China, she took up a post-doctoral fellowship at P...

September 4, 2017

Professor Li Xiaojiang (李小江)(b 1951) is often described as a pioneer, or even the founder of women’s studies as an academic discipline in China. Her first major essay The Progress of Humanity and Women’s Liberation (1983) set out a Marxist feminist framework for analyzing the global history of women. Other examples of Li’s writing, especially from the 1980s, including Eve’s Exploration (1988) and The Sex Gap (1989) are extensi...

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