The Birth of Chinese Feminism: Essential Texts in Transnational Theory
Panel Discussion: Center for Chinese Studies | April 10 | 4-6 p.m. | 180 Doe Library
Colleen Lye, English, UC Berkeley; Raka Ray, Sociology, UC Berkeley
Weihong Bao, East Asian Languages and Cultures; Film and Media, UC Berkeley
This panel discussion with Lydia Liu and Rebecca Karl, co-authors and co-translators, will focus on their book, The Birth of Chinese Feminism: Essential Texts in Transnational Theory, a volume of English translation of writings by possibly the first Chinese feminist author He-Yin Zhen (1884-1920?) on issues of gender in relation to imperialism, capitalism, and patriarchy.
He-Yin Zhen presents an alternative conception of feminism that draws upon anarchism and other radical trends. Ahead of her time, He-Yin Zhen complicates conventional accounts of feminism and China's history, offering original perspectives on sex, gender, labor, and power that remain relevant today.