Who Are the Leftover Women of China?

Author Leta Hong Fincher came to campus to speak about her book “Leftover Women: The Resurgence of Gender Inequality in China.”

Carroll-4996Author Leta Hong Fincher visited Haverford on September 25 for a guest lecture on her new book Leftover Women: The Resurgence of Gender Inequality in China (2014). The event was hosted by the Chen Family Fund, the newly renamed Bi-College Department of East Asian Languages and Culture (EALC), previously the Department of East Asian Studies, and by Shiamin Kwa, Assistant Professor of EALC at Bryn Mawr College Carroll-4951   Hong was introduced by Professor of History Paul Smith, to a full-house audience in Chase auditorium. The talk was centered on Hong’s new book, which focuses on the decline of women’s rights in post-socialist era China. Hong spoke about the structural discrimination against women in relation to China’s economy, politics, and development. Carroll-5007 Hong completed her Ph.D. in sociology from Tsinghua University. She received her Master’s in East Asian Studies from Stanford University and a Bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, in East Asian Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University. She is a former-award winning journalist with extensive experience in China and the U.S., and has been cited by several news organizations including The Economist, The New York Times, National Public Radio, and The Wall Street Journal. —Hina Fathima ’15 Photos by Thom Carroll