The Modern Chinese Woman Analytical Essay

The Modern Chinese Woman
Looks at the emergence of the modern woman in China as a political statement.
# 127987 | 2,715 words | 6 sources | APA | 2008 | US

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This paper traces the evolution of the westernized modern Chinese woman, starting in the 1920s with the Nationalist Party and continuing with the Chinese Communist Party. The paper investigates the way in which a woman could dress in public, which is important to Chinese culture, and the change in the family role of women in Communist China to one in which any wife who found her interest lay in only domestic work was considered a bad example.

From the Paper:

"As the Chinese Communist Party rose in numbers, political-minded women who advocated for equal rights for women in family law, national politics, and educational and career opportunities were soon accused of having left-wings sympathies for the Nationalist Party, and were tortured and killed by members of the Chinese Communist Party. The founders of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) were concerned with the social and legal status of women and their relationship with the male counterpart."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Andrews, Julia F & Shen, Kuiyi. 2002. "The New Chinese Woman & Lifestyle Magazines in the Late 1990s." Popular Culture: Unofficial Culture in a Globalizing Society. Edited by Perry Link, Richard P. Madsen & Paul G. Pickowicz. New York: Rowman & Littlefield: 137-161.
  • Edwards, Lousie. 2000. "Policing the Modern Woman in Republican China." Modern China 26(2): 115-147.
  • Evans, Harriet. 1995. "Defining difference: The 'scientific' construction of sexuality and gender in the People's Republic of China." Signs 20 (2): 357-394.
  • Finnane, Antonia. 1996. "What Should Women Wear?: A National Problem." Modern China 22 (2): 99-131.
  • Gilmartin, Christine. 1993. "Gender in the Formation of the Communist Body Politic." Modern China 19 (3): 299-329.

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