Event: 10th Anniversary of Leta Hong Fincher’s Leftover Women: The Resurgence of Gender Inequality in China
Thrilled to announce that I’ll be moderating a discussion between Leta Hong Fincher, author or Leftover Women: The Resurgence of Gender Inequality in China, and Chinese feminist activists Lü Pin and Maizi Li at Recirculation, a project of Word Up Community Bookshop, in New York City on Wednesday November 29 at 7 pm.
Leta Hong Fincher's landmark book Leftover Women shone a light on the resurgence of gender inequality in 21st-century China through its explorion of the structural discrimination against women and the broader problems with China's economy, politics, and development that lie behind it. Ten years on, women in China continue to experience a dramatic rolling back of rights and gains in the increasingly patriarchal political climate of the Xi Jinping era.
This updated edition includes a new preface exploring developments in China in the 10 years since the book's original publication, including the new "three child policy", the growth in online feminist and LGBTQ activism and the state's increasingly repressive moves against dissent.
The in-person event has a $5 suggested donation free and registration is required.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR & PRESENTERS
Leta Hong Fincher has written for the New York Times, Washington Post, The Guardian, Dissent Magazine, Harper's Bazaar and others. She won the Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi award for her China reporting. Leta is the first American to receive a Ph.D. from Tsinghua University's Department of Sociology in Beijing. She also has a master's degree in East Asian Studies from Stanford University and a bachelor's degree with high honors in East Asian Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University. Leta’s previous book, Betraying Big Brother: The Feminist Awakening in China (2018), was named a Best Book of 2018 by Vanity Fair, Newsweek, Foreign Policy Interrupted, Bitch Media and Autostraddle. The New York Public Library named Betraying Big Brother one of its “essential reads on feminism” in 2020. Leta is currently a Research Associate at the Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University.
Lü Pin is a feminist organizer, thinker, writer, and PhD candidate at Rutgers University. Founding Editor-in-Chief of Feminist Voices, she is the author of the recent article, How the Thwarted Feminist Movement Gave Birth to a New Generation of Blank Paper Revolutionaries.
Li Tingting, also known as Li Maizi, is a Chinese Queer Feminist Activist and a member of the China Feminist Five. She is internationally recognized as one of Foreign Policy's 100 global thinkers and one of the BBC's 100 women in 2015. She is currently based in New York.
Mona Eltahawy is a feminist author, commentator and disruptor of patriarchy. She is editing an anthology on menopause called Bloody Hell! And Other Stories: Adventures in Menopause from Across the Personal and Political Spectrum. Her first book Headscarves and Hymens: Why the Middle East Needs a Sexual Revolution (2015) targeted patriarchy in the Middle East and North Africa and her second The Seven Necessary Sins For Women and Girls (2019) took her disruption worldwide. It is now available in Ireland and the UK. Her commentary has appeared in media around the world and she makes video essays and writes a newsletter as FEMINIST GIANT.
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