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Hello, my name is Lindsay MacArthur, I am currently a first year MA student at the University of Hawaii. My field of study is Asian Studies, as this is an inter-disciplinary field I am required to take courses in a wide range of subjects. I am now in a sociology class in which we are discussing the social and political evolution of China since 1949. Our final grade will be a term paper focusing on anything relating to this subject and I have chosen the implementation of the Communist Manifesto and Maoism after 1949 and the resurgence of cummunist ideals in the women's liberation movement of the 1990's. Unfortunately, I am having a difficult time obtaining information which pertains directly to Chinese women. Does this movement exist in China and if so could you please provide me with sources through which I can obtain informtion? Thank you very much for your time and I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Sincerely,
Lindsay

Thanks for your note to FEMINIST.COM. For starters, you must read Wild Swans, which profiles three generations of women in China--since 1949. The book is controversial in China, because the book is honest in its portrayal of women--including women in communism. There is also Marguerite Duras' The North China Lover, though a novel it is informed by her youth in Indochina. I hope that helps. Because these are both personal accounts, I think you are likely to find some honesty in them.
Amy

 

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