Above Ground: China's Young Feminist Activists and Forty Moments of Transformation

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Above Ground: China's Young Feminist Activists and Forty Moments of Transformation

In March 2015, the arrest and detention of five activists in China brought international attention to the feminist movement in that country, which has battled gender discrimination, sexual harassment, violence against women, and homophobia for many years. While the West has only recently turned its attention to the “Feminist Five” and their fellow activists, China has a long and deep history of feminist thought and action. This exhibit seeks to make visible the work of recent feminist activists in China, to share their work with a broader audience, and to spark interest in the history and present of feminist activists, advocates, and scholars in China.

This digital exhibit is a faithful representation of a physical exhibit of the same name, which was hosted by the University of Michigan’s Institute for Research on Women and Gender from January 2016 through June 2016. Unless otherwise noted, all textual materials were part of the original, physical exhibit.

Using materials from the physical exhibit, this digital exhibit was created by Liangyu Fu (Chinese Studies Librarian) and Meredith Kahn (Women’s Studies Librarian), who created additional descriptive information for the images, as well as a bibliography of relevant sources.

Click on images in the exhibit to see more information, including transcriptions and translations of protest signs and explanations of Chinese slang.

Curated by Lü Pin, Media Monitor for Women Network (a Beijing-based NGO)