This week on Sinica, Kaiser and Jeremy are joined once again by Leta Hong Fincher, newly-minted Ph.D. and author of Leftover Women, a book which gazes into the state of women's rights in China, and documents the way state-sanctioned propaganda, family-driven social pressures and legal customs in things like the housing market all effectively conspire to roll back much of the progress on gender equality China has made over the last twenty years. So we talk about that, and then about misogynistic Internet trolls, and what it's like to do a doctorate at Tsinghua University.

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June 16, 2014


Nineteen Eighty-four in Chinese, by Michael Rank at Ibisbill’s blog 鹮嘴鹬的博客


Helen Gao, particularly her recent NYT op-ed, Tiananmen Forgotten

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Collectivization of the Soul: Female Memories of Agricultural Collectivization in Northern Shaanxi’s Ji Village 心灵的集体化:陕北骥村农业合作化的女性记忆, an essay by Guo Yuhua 郭于华


Capital in the Twenty-First Century by Thomas Piketty

Backgrounder episode

For more about Leta's reserach and gender inequality in China, check out this special all-female episode from June 2012: All Sinica Federation of Women, hosted by Mary Kay Magistad

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June 25, 2014
The direct download link still doesn't seem to be working. I tried when it was first posted, and again today.

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June 25, 2014

My mistake, looks like we have one of the words in the link inappropriately capitalized. Fixed.

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June 25, 2014
Thanks Dave.

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