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Chinese Women Go Global

  • Paul J Bailey
Friday 26 February 2016
Interdisciplinary Explorations of China’s Changing Gender Dynamics 1900-2015
Matthias de Vrieshof
Matthias de Vrieshof 4
2311 BZ Leiden

Chinese Women Go Global: Multiple Representations of Western and Non-Western Women in the Early Twentieth Century Chinese Periodical Press

This lecture will explore the multiple and complex ways in which the gendered foreign 'Other' was discursively represented in primarily women's magazines during the late Qing and early Republic, a period that begins with an unravelling of the confidence in the 'traditional' Chinese Woman as the symbol of China's superior civilization (and, in a larger context, when Chinese elites were increasingly compelled to interrogate the raison d'etre of their own social and cultural values amidst growing Anglo-American global hegemony). It will be suggested that the 'othering' of the foreign woman in the early twentieth century anticipates contemporary Han Chinese representations of the Western Woman as an 'ambiguous fetish' and of ethnic minority women as exotic figures on the lower rungs of a civilizational ladder.

Professor Paul Bailey

Paul J Bailey is professor of modern Chinese history at the University of Durham (UK), having previously taught at the University of Edinburgh and Lingnan College (Hong Kong). His publications include Reform the People: Changing Attitudes Towards Popular Education in Early Twentieth Century China (University of British Columbia Press, 1990), China in the Twentieth Century (Wiley-Blackwell, 2001), Gender and Education in China (Routledge, 2007), and Women and Gender in Twentieth Century China (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012).


For queries, please contact Harriet Zurndorfer  h.t.zurndorfer@hum.leidenuniv.nl

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