WAGIC is a dedicated space for discussing gender, sexuality and feminism(s) in China past and present

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November 29, 2017

The erosion of gender equality in contemporary China is well documented. In her widely celebrated book, Leftover Women, Leta Hong Fincher traces the trend that is seeing young women "shut out of what is arguably the biggest accumulation of real-estate wealth in history." The World Economic Forum’s 2017 Global Gender Gap Report saw China fall in the rankings once again.

In October, the Southbank Centre held the second edition of...

November 27, 2017

This summer saw the publication of Old Demons, New Deities, a collection of contemporary short stories by Tibetan writers from Tibet as well as from the diaspora. Out of the twenty-one short stories, only four are authored by women. This is by no means a criticism to the editor - on the contrary, Tenzin Dickie, the translator and editor of the anthology, has produced a beautiful work that introduces anglophone readers to the r...

Lijia Zhang is an internationally-recognised writer, journalist, and public speaker. Author of the critically-acclaimed Socialism is Great! and Lotus, Lijia is also a leading social commentator on modern China. Her work often sheds light on problems of gender discrimination and other forms of social inequality in China today. In this interview, WAGIC is delighted to speak to Lijia about her some of her work, how it reflects on...

November 20, 2017

Along with the popularization of Internet use in Mainland China since 2001, writings about gender and sexual minorities by women and for women have flourished in Chinese cyberspace. Thanks to the relatively loosened and decentralized online content censorship system, the articulation of previously silenced, marginalized voices and desires of Chinese women in the print media age has been largely enabled and encouraged through o...

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...

November 13, 2017

When Zhang Haidi succeeded Deng Pufang, as Chair of the China Disabled Person’s Federation (CDPF) in 2008, she became the most high-profile disabled political leader in China. At the time, author and brand consultant Yang Songlin attempted to assess the significance of her promotion: ‘I believe that is a truly great event; it symbolises the birth of the “Chinese dream” and another step forward in social progress; it has moment...

November 6, 2017

When I was doing research for my book Women and Writing in Modern China in the 1990s, I was trying to untangle a knot of questions about what including women writers and their work in the sphere of “literature” could possibly mean. During this time, gender meaning in premodern and modern China was under intense investigation by scholars and activists both in and out of China, which made the project both exciting and, to some d...

November 5, 2017

In the third issue of WAGIC, we explore women's writing and women writing in China past and present. We are interested in what counts as 'women's writing', how women write female characters, how women are written, and the place of feminism(s) in Chinese literature.

We asked our contributors to share their insights on 'women's writing' and women writing as they play out across a variety of literary platforms including biographie...

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