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“When Delia Davin, the pioneer of Chinese women’s studies,…



“When Delia Davin, the pioneer of Chinese women’s studies, arrived in Beijing in 1963, aged 19, there were still camels carrying coal and wooden ploughs in the fields outside the city. Davin, who has died of cancer aged 72, quickly established a rapport with her students at the Beijing Broadcasting Institute, whom she found to be ‘very serious about their work, but [to] have a gaiety which saves them from being priggish’. She taught them Irish songs as well as English grammar, and one of them recited ‘Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day’ to console her, the student said, for not being in England on Shakespeare’s birthday.”

For more on Davin’s work as a pioneering scholar in the intersecting fields of Women’s Studies and East Asian Studies, see her obituary, composed by John Gittings and quoted above, in The Guardian (16 October 2016) as well as an appreciation posted by scholar Gail Hershatter at H-Net (16 October 2016).

““The system makes so much sense when you think about the…



““The system makes so much sense when you think about the overall ways in which family systems have to navigate between sexual desire, stability, domesticity and claims for children…”

- Judith Stacey, Professor of Sociology (NYU), quoted in Amy Qin, “‘Kingdom of Daughters’ in China Draws Tourists to its Matrilineal Society,” NYT (25 Oct 2015)

Image: Adam Dean / The New York Times        

“A group of 30 female peace activists, including the feminist…



“A group of 30 female peace activists, including the feminist leader Gloria Steinem and two Nobel Peace Prize laureates, crossed the demilitarized zone from North Korea to South Korea on Sunday, calling for an end to the Korean War, whose unresolved hostility has been symbolized by the heavily armed border for six decades. It was rare for the two rival Korean governments to agree to allow a group of peace activists to pass through the border area, known as the DMZ.”

For more on the story, including a photo slide-show by David Guttenfelder, see Choe Sang-hun, “Peace Activists Cross Demilitarized Zone Separating Koreas,” New York Times (24 May 2015)

Image: David Guttenfelder

WomenCrossDMZ Peace Walk 2015

WomenCrossDMZ Peace Walk 2015:

“On May 24, 2015, thirty international women peacemakers from around the world will walk with Korean women, north and south, to call for an end to the Korean War and for a new beginning for a reunified Korea. We will hold international peace symposiums in Pyongyang and Seoul where we can listen to Korean women and share our experiences and ideas of mobilizing women to bring an end to violent conflict. Our hope is to cross the 2-mile wide De-Militarized Zone (DMZ) that separates millions of Korean families as a symbolic act of peace.”

For more, including a video introduction, see the link above…

WomenCrossDMZ Peace Walk 2015

WomenCrossDMZ Peace Walk 2015:

“On May 24, 2015, thirty international women peacemakers from around the world will walk with Korean women, north and south, to call for an end to the Korean War and for a new beginning for a reunified Korea. We will hold international peace symposiums in Pyongyang and Seoul where we can listen to Korean women and share our experiences and ideas of mobilizing women to bring an end to violent conflict. Our hope is to cross the 2-mile wide De-Militarized Zone (DMZ) that separates millions of Korean families as a symbolic act of peace.”

For more, including a video introduction, see the link above…

“Julia Chang Lin, a scholar of Chinese literature who brought a…



"Julia Chang Lin, a scholar of Chinese literature who brought a forgotten generation of women poets in China and a new generation of post-war Chinese women poets to a western audience, died on Thursday, Aug. 1, of complications from neuroendocrine cancer in New York City. She was 85."

For her full obituary, see AthensOhioToday. A review of her recent work, Twentieth-Century Chinese Women’s Poetry: An Anthology,” (2009) see MCLC.org.

“After years of being badgered by her parents to get married,…



"After years of being badgered by her parents to get married, 26-year-old Zhang Yu finally had enough.

"I have decided never to marry or have a child," said Zhang, a university graduate from Changsha, Hunan province, who moved to Shanghai earlier this year to escape her family and jumpstart her career.

Zhang’s vow to never marry is rare in a country where educated women are constantly told by their families, friends and the state media that they will be lonely and miserable if they do not find a husband quickly.”

For more, see Leta Hong Fincher, “China’s ‘Leftover Women’ Choosing to Stay Single" - article and interview series - at CNN (18 August 2013)

Image: from original article, see credit on screen

“Women Gain Ground in China. Or Do They?” – China Real Time Report (WSJ) 8 March 2013

Image: Agence France-Presse/Getty Images — Woman do manual labour in a garden outside an office block on International Women’s Day in Shanghai on March 8, 2013.