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The Rise of China's Feminist Resistance

Part of China Changing Festival

Leta Hong Fincher charts the rise of the current feminist movement in China and introduces her new book analysing a powerful new consciousness.

On the eve of International Women’s Day in 2015, the Chinese government arrested five feminist activists and jailed them for thirty-seven days.

The Feminist Five became a global cause célèbre, with Hillary Clinton speaking out on their behalf and activists inundating social media with #FreetheFive messages.

But the Five are only symbols of a much larger feminist movement of university students, civil rights lawyers, labour activists, performance artists, and online warriors prompting an unprecedented awakening among China’s educated, urban women.

In this talk based on her book Betraying Big Brother: The Rise of China's Feminist Resistance, Leta Hong Fincher traces the rise of a new feminist consciousness in China, emboldened by the #MeToo movement.

Leta Hong Fincher is a journalist who has written for The New York Times, Guardian, Ms.Magazine, the BBC and CNN, and is the author of Leftover Women: The Resurgence of Gender Inequality in China.

Leta will be joined on this panel by Li Tingting, aka Li Maizi, an activist for gender equality and sexuality and one of The Feminist Five. She has been the Beijing-based manager of the LGBT programme at the Beijing Yirenping Center and has led many of the group’s campaigns related to anti-discrimination, domestic violence, and biased policies towards women in higher education and employment. She is recognised as one of Foreign Policy’s 100 Leading Global Thinkers 2015, one of the BBC’s 100 Women 2015 and one of the five Chinese Feminists listed in Ms. Magazine’s Ten Most Inspiring Feminists of 2015.

The talk is chaired by Tania Branigan, foreign leader writer and former China correspondent (from 2008 to 2015) for The Guardian.

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Royal Festival Hall
Level 5 Function Room, Green Side


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Sunday Talks Day Pass
This talk is part of the Sunday Talks Day Pass.

Get the low-down on contemporary China and its connection to the UK with a day of talks and analysis, tackling topics including feminism and climate change. All five talks are included in the Sunday Talks Day Pass. Talks run from 11.30am – 5.30pm.

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