By Emily Honig
Dramatic and far-reaching alterations have happened within the lives of chinese language girls within the years because the loss of life of Mao and the autumn of the crowd of 4 throughout the decade of the Cultural Revolution, cognizance to private lifestyles was once considered as 'bourgeois'; within the post-Mao decade, abrupt turns in public coverage made dialogue of private existence critical, and nowhere has this been extra obtrusive than within the debate concerning the position of ladies in chinese language society. This booklet relies on vast own viewing of city girls and examine of up to date literature and articles within the periodical press that touched at the difficulties of rural girls. it isn't simply concerning the alterations in women's lives but additionally in regards to the pleasure, confusion, and anxieties that chinese language girls show as they give some thought to the way forward for their society and their very own position in it. each one bankruptcy is dedicated to 1 element of women's Lives: girlhood, adornment and sexuality, courtship, marriage, kin family members, divorce, paintings, violence opposed to girls, and gender inequality. Giving a private size to the problems mentioned, the chapters shut with a wealthy sampling of excerpts from the newly thriving women's press and different modern courses. even though many ladies in China nonetheless endure discrimination in operating existence and mistreatment within the kin, they could now increase questions that will were unthinkable even ten years in the past. so much particularly, they could and do use the click to voice lawsuits, disclose injustices, consult, and aid or deplore the social adjustments of the 1980's.
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Extra resources for Personal Voices: Chinese Women in the 1980’s
They have wide-ranging interests, a strong ability to get to work, and they like to think things out for themselves; but sometimes they are not careful or thorough enough. Female classmates often have stronger memory and language ability, and are more diligent and meticulous. But they have one-track minds, do not think dynamically enough, have a rather narrow range of activity, and easily become interested in trivial matters. Their moods fluctuate easily, they are shy, and they don’t dare to raise questions boldly.
A number of problems that had been building for over a decade were of pressing concern to policy-makers and citizens alike. The rate of population growth mandated an increasingly strict family planning policy, which by the late 1970’s was beginning to strain marital and family relations. The traditional preference for sons put intolerable pressure upon women; those who bore daughters were often abused, girl babies were sometimes killed or abandoned, and the success of the entire policy was threatened.
They initiated some changes and acquiesced in others, but protested vigorously when they felt their interests threatened, as when changes in hiring practices made it more difficult for them to find certain jobs. Their situation was not a simple replication of the female experience elsewhere. Sources and Scope Each chapter in this book is devoted to an aspect of women’s lives that has become a subject of controversy or change in the 1980’s. At the end of each chapter are translations that convey the flavor of the discussions in Chinese publications.