Women and Gender in Contemporary Chinese Societies: Beyond Han Patriarchy

Women and Gender in Contemporary Chinese Societies: Beyond Han Patriarchy

By: Ya-Chen Chen (editor), Shanshan Du (editor), Rubie S. Watson (preface_author)Paperback

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This book complements previous scholarship on Chinese women and gender by expanding our investigative lens beyond Han patriarchy and providing images of the multi-ethnic landscape of China. By identifying the Han as an ethnically marked category and by bringing to the forefront the diverse gender systems of ethnic minorities, this book encourages an increasing awareness of, and sensitivity to the cross-cultural diversity of gendered China both in academia and beyond.

About Author

Shanshan Du is associate professor of anthropology at Tulane University. She authored Chopsticks Only Work in Pairs: Gender Unity and Gender Equality among the Lahu of Southwest China (Columbia University Press) and co-edited "Negotiating Women's Roles and Power: The Practice of World Religions in Contemporary Asia" (a special issue of Religion). She is a recipient of fellowships from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation and the Mellon Foundation/ACLS. Ya-chen Chen is assistant professor of foreign 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 Farewell My Concubine: Same-Sex Readings and Cross-Cultural Dialogues (2004); Women in Taiwan: Sociocultural Perspectives (2009); Higher Education in East Asia: Neoliberalism and the Professoriate (2009); and The Many Dimensions of Chinese Feminism (2011).


Preface by Rubie S. Watson Introduction: Toward Multiethnic Approaches to Women and Gender in Chinese Societies, Shanshan Du Part 1: Competing Traditions Chapter 1: The Cultural Logic that Identifies "Two" as "One": Male-Female Dyad and Gender Equality among the Lahu of Southwest China, Shanshan Du Chapter 2: Negotiating Local Tradition with Taoism: Female Ritual Specialists in the Zhuang Religion, James Wilkerson Chapter 3: Divine Compromises: The Mother of Grain and Gautama Buddha in De'ang Religion, Shanshan Du Part 2: Current Transformations Chapter 4: "The Wife Is the Boss": Sex-Ratio Imbalance and Young Women's Empowerment in Marriage in Rural Northeast China, Lihong Shi Chapter 5: The Han Chinese Family: The Realignment of Parenting Ideals, Sentiments, and Practices, William Jankowiak Chapter 6: Butt-Bumping Wedding Performance: Han Chinese Fetishism of Dai Marriage, Monica Cable Chapter 7: As Mothers and Wives: Women in Patrilineal Nuosu (Yi) Society, Shao-hua Liu Part 3: Resistance from Within Chapter 8: The Nude Parade of 1927: Nudity and Women's Liberation During the Republican Era, Chia-lin Pao Tao Chapter 9: Resistance through Transformation? The Meanings of Gender Reversals in a Taiwanese Buddhist Monastery, Hillary Crane Chapter 10: "Chinese Cinematic Martial Arts Feminism" and Its Incompletion: Case Studies of A Touch of Zen, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, and The Banquet, Ya-Chen Chen Chapter 11: Art as Life/Life as Art: The Fiction and Feminist Paradigm of Li Ang, Murray A. Rubinstein Index About the Contributors

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  • ISBN13: 9780739182970
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 252
  • ID: 9780739182970
  • weight: 376
  • ISBN10: 0739182978

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