October 16 Tuesday

Betraying Big Brother: The Feminist Awakening in China

  • Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at 12:10PM - 1:30PM
  • Room 128
  • Open To The Yale Community
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The Feminist Awakening in China

On the eve of International Women’s Day in 2015, the Chinese government arrested five feminist activists and jailed them for thirty-seven days. The “Feminist Five” became a global cause célèbre, as they symbolize a larger Chinese feminist movement and an unprecedented awakening among China’s educated, urban women. In this event moderated by Nancy Yun Tang ’19, feminist activist leader Lü Pin (吕频) and journalist-scholar Leta Hong Fincher will discuss the challenges faced by young Chinese feminist activists, their “joy of betraying Big Brother,” and how their movement against authoritarianism and patriarchy could reconfigure China and the world.

Leta Hong Fincher is a scholar, journalist and author of Betraying Big Brother: The Feminist Awakening in China (Verso 2018). Her first book, Leftover Women: The Resurgence of Gender Inequality in China(Zed 2014) is widely acclaimed. Dr. Hong Fincher has written for the New York Times, Washington Post, The Guardian, Dissent Magazine, Ms. Magazine, BBC, CNN and others.

Lü Pin(吕频)is a Chinese feminist activist focusing on strategic advocacy to combat gender-based discrimination and violence. In 2009, she founded Feminist Voices, China’s largest new media platform on women’s issues. Since 2012, she has been devoted to supporting the activism of young feminists across China. In 2017, she cofounded Chinese Feminist Collective, an innovative organization striving to support women’s movement in China from the overseas. She now resides in Albany, New York and follows the feminist movement in China closely.  

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Paul Tsai China Center


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