The Many Dimensions of Chinese Feminism

Hardcover | May 15, 2011

byYa-chen Chen

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The Many Dimensions of Chinese Feminism is among the first books in English to comparatively investigate different feminist scholars and academic feminism across the Taiwan Strait. Chen addresses the sociocultural underpinnings of how Mainland Chinese, Taiwanese, and Hong Kong feminist scholars strategize their transfers, localization, and acculturation of Western feminist literary theories.

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The Many Dimensions of Chinese Feminism is among the first books in English to comparatively investigate different feminist scholars and academic feminism across the Taiwan Strait. Chen addresses the sociocultural underpinnings of how Mainland Chinese, Taiwanese, and Hong Kong feminist scholars strategize their transfers, localization,...

Ya-chen Chen is an Assistant Professor of Foreign Languages and Literature and Director of Chinese Language Program at Clark University, and formerly affiliated with the City University of New York (with the same titles and Asian Studies Director), in both of which this book was prepared. Her academic books include Higher Education in...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:286 pages, 8.59 × 5.79 × 0.88 inPublished:May 15, 2011Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0230104320

ISBN - 13:9780230104327

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“Seeking a theoretical ‘round-trip’ between Chinese and western feminism, Chen’s fascinating new book is based on fifty interviews with feminist scholars, detailed historical and textual research, and investigation into local journals and newspapers. Arguing that over-simplification of a complex phenomenon—the many dimensions of Chinese feminism that she unravels and decodes—is another sign of Orientalism at work, Chen’s work lends special insight.” —Wendy Larson, Professor of East Asian Languages and Literatures, University of Oregon“This is a comprehensive inquiry into gender and its contested representations in a specific cultural context. Theoretically engaged and historically informed, it is a polemical reader for anyone interested in gender and cultural studies.” —David Wang, Edward C. Henderson Professor of Chinese Literature, Harvard University “Chen shows the creativity and originality with which feminists in the Chinese cultural world have received Western, particularly French, feminist thought and explores the flow of ideas across ideological, linguistic, and political boundaries. Chen challenges Western scholars to acknowledge the complexity of the Chinese cultural area and to allow ideas from China to complicate Western feminism.”—Sally Hastings, Associate Professor of History, Purdue University and Editor, U.S.-Japan Women's Journal“This is an ambitious, well-researched and wide-ranging book that very carefully and effectively sets the history and evolution of Chinese feminisms against macro-narratives across the Taiwan Strait . . . Chen has given us a provocative and very brave book that scholars in a number of disciplines will enjoy reading and discussing with their graduate and undergraduate classes.”—Murray Rubinstein, Professor of Asian History, Baruch College, CUNY and Visiting Professor, Columbia University, Taiwan Studies Chair of the Association for Asian Studies