The Girl Who Burned the Banknotes: Rural Women, Memory, and China's Collective Past

Women's History Month Lecture
Thursday, March 3, 2012
Sulzberger Parlor, 3rd Floor Barnard Hall

What can we learn about the Chinese revolution by placing a doubly marginalized group—rural women—at the center of the inquiry? In this talk, Gail Hershatter explores changes in the lives of women in rural Shaanxi province during the revolutionary decades of the 1950s and 1960s. Centering on the story of Zhang Chaofeng, a former child daughter-in-law, the talk explores the question of whether women had a revolution, examining the nature of socialism and how gender figured in its creation. Gail Hershatter is distinguished professor and chair of the department of history at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and is a past president of the Association for Asian Studies. Her most recent book is The Gender of Memory: Rural Women and China’s Collective Past.

Mar. 8, 2012 - 6:30 AM