September 27, 2017

Why did you come to the US? Why did you choose such a major? These are the two questions I’ve been asked most often during my first year as a Chinese student pursuing a PhD in the US. The simplest answer would be that I came to the US because during my years of activist work on queer women’s rights in China, I’ve developed a vague feeling about the importance of the somewhat US-originated gender/sexuality discourses. I hope th...

September 25, 2017

Since traditional media in China are all state-owned and there is no private audio-visual media, the web has given Uyghurs an important space for self-expression. Although this space is very strictly monitored and Uyghur sites are regularly suppressed as soon as they have gained some popularity among Internet users, many Uyghur personalities have become famous through the web by publishing articles on social issues. Thus, in r...

September 18, 2017

The detention of the “Feminist Five” in 2015 appeared to mark the first time that the Chinese Party-state regarded feminist activism as “political” in the sense that it posed a threat to CCP hegemony. These young women, with their social media presence and performance art creativity, represent a distinctive approach to organising on behalf of women’s rights than characterised that in the 1990s, surrounding the United Nations F...

September 11, 2017

Not long ago Séagh told me that they wanted to set up an English-language website on Chinese feminism and invited me to write this piece. I felt really honoured. I have had the idea of building a website like this for a long time. I never thought that Séagh happened to be thinking the very same thing. 

Looking back at the story so far, I have been just a tiny part in the vast tides of Chinese...

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...

September 4, 2017

It’s difficult to know where to start without falling into the cliché of how much China has changed in recent decades. But clichés aside, feminist activism today in China is light years away from its precursors only a couple of decades ago. You could make the same kind of comment about feminist activism elsewhere, think Sisters Uncut in the UK context, for example. Yet Sisters Uncut emerged out of an explicitly feminist politi...

September 3, 2017

Book Reviewed: Xiying Wang, Gender, Dating and Violence in Urban China. London and New York: Routledge, 2017; 218pp; ISBN 9780415810333.

Gender, Dating and Violence in Urban China, written by scholar-activist Xiying Wang, an associate professor in the School of Social Development and Public Policy at Beijing Normal University, is a timely and important feminist study that examines the various levels of violence at work in...

September 3, 2017

Our first issue explores Chinese feminism beyond borders. We are interested in how feminist activists from China engage ideas from feminist movements abroad, promote their work to international audiences, and get involved in and show solidairty with feminist movements around the world. 

We asked our contributors to share their thoughts on what it means for Chinese feminists to do fem...

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