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Professor Louise Edwards

China(Washington University Press,2020),Women Politics and Democracy: Women’s Suffrage in China (Stanford University Press 2008).

Fellow of the Australian Academy of the Humanities, the Academy of Social Sciences and the Hong Kong Academy of the Humanities. He was the President of the Australian Association for Asian Studies from 2015 to 2016. She now teaches Chinese History at the University of New South Wales. Published articles on women and gender issues in China and Asia. Her recent publications include Drawing Democratic Dreams in Republican China (Washington University Press, 2020), Women Politics and Democracy: Women’s Suffrage in China (Stanford University Press 2008).

Dr. Minglu Chan

Lecturer at the Center for China Studies at the University of Sydney, Lecturer in Government and International Relations, research areas include China's local political system, China's private enterprises, China's governance methods, China's class and social stratification, etc. Major books include Tiger Girls: Women and Enterprise in the People’s Republic of China and Middle Class China: Identity and Behaviour.

Dr. Pan Wang

Senior Lecturer in Chinese and Asian Studies at the University of New South Wales. She is the author of Love and Marriage in Globalizing China (2015, Routledge). She teaches and researches on gender, love and marriage in China, and on Chinese media and communications. Her recent publications include “The Cultural Economy of Xiangqin: an analysis of PRC dating shows, date-renting, and matchmaking apps” (2022), Continuum: Journal of Media & Cultural Studies and “love during the Cultural Revolution: evidence from a couple's private letters 1968-1977” (2022), The History of the Family.

Ms.Guo Jia

A PhD candidate at the University of Sydney, her research focuses on post-feminism in China: the aesthetic labor of young Chinese women on social media.


It is destined to be difficult to give a comprehensive definition of Chinese women. Due to the labeled cognition in the media age, the differences between different groups of Chinese women are easily overlooked. However, the range of female groups in Chinese society is so wide and the differences are so great that we need to explore in detail.

The image of "Chinese women" is sometimes powerful and sometimes weak. Some of them are fortunate enough to receive high-quality education, to be able to make their voices heard, and to shine in their respective fields; while the other part does not enjoy the resources they deserve, or even the basic skills to speak out and defend their rights, and can only frequently act as The images of victims in extreme events have entered the public's field of vision. Therefore, when trying to describe the group of "Chinese women", we must not only see their common characteristics and circumstances, but also pay attention to their diverse differences due to factors such as history, economy, age, and geography. The complexity of Chinese women is the epitome of the complexity of China. "Chinese women" is not a label, but an incision to help us understand some issues worth exploring hidden behind many phenomena.

Based on this starting point, we decided to hold an open forum around Chinese women. Here, we welcome a variety of standpoints, and openly embrace all academic discussions and sharing of personal experiences, so as to form a more comprehensive and three-dimensional understanding of Chinese women.

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