Feminism poses the greatest threat to China’s authoritarian regime. That is the central argument of journalist and scholar Leta Hong Fincher in her new book Betraying Big Brother.
The feminist movement in China has been spearheaded by five activists who were arrested and jailed by the Chinese government for 37 days on the eve of International Women’s Day in 2015.
The Feminist Five are symbolic of an ever-increasing feminist movement of civil rights activists, lawyers, artists, netizens and others. Leta’s latest book interviews the Feminist Five and others, telling the story of the rise of this challenge to patriarchy.
YCW are delighted to host Leta to speak to our London chapter on her new book Big Brother: The Feminist Awakening in China.
Her book can be ordered here: https://www.versobooks.com/books/2863-betraying-big-brother
We invite Leta Hong FIincher to discuss.
Leta Hong Fincher
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) was named one of the top 5 China books of 2014 by the Asia Society’s ChinaFile, one of the best foreign policy books in 2014 by FP Interrupted and one of the best Asian books of 2014 by Asia House. Leftover Women was named on New Left Review’s list of favorite books to read for International Women’s Day in 2017 and 2016. Leta has written for the New York Times, Washington Post, The Guardian, Dissent Magazine, Ms. Magazine, BBC, CNN and others. She is the recipient of the Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi award for television feature reporting and is the first American to receive a Ph.D. from Tsinghua University’s Department of Sociology in Beijing. She has a master’s degree from Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree with high honors from Harvard University. Named by the Telegraph as an “awesome woman to follow on Twitter,” Leta was a Mellon Visiting Assistant Professor at Columbia University and recently moved to New York.