From U.S. Women’s History to the History of Chinese Feminism -- How Feminism has Transformed the World

photo of Wang Zheng smiling, from news article published in The Paper
photo of Wang Zheng smiling, from news article published in The Paper

The Chinese news outlet, The Paper, recently published an interview with IRWG Research Scientist Wang Zheng about her longtime work on feminism in the US and China. The article is titled, "An Interview of U-M Professor Wang Zheng: From the US Women’s History to the History of Chinese Feminism--How Feminism has Transformed the World."

In answering journalist Zhu Fan’s questions, Prof. Wang Zheng recounts her experiences in the graduate programs in the US and how she completed her MA in the US women’s history and then moved on to the study of Chinese women’s history in her Ph.D. program, focusing on producing scholarship on the history of  Chinese feminism. Prof. Wang also discusses her two-decades’ long work as an academic activist promoting women’s and gender studies in higher education in China. She gave analysis of gender inequality in contemporary China and emphasized the importance of producing feminist knowledge and establishing gender studies program in China as a way for social transformation. 

Read the full article (in Chinese).

Wang Zheng is professor of Women's Studies and History at U-M and the director of the US-China Gender Studies program, which collaborates with Chinese universities to develop graduate programs in women’s and gender studies in China. She earned her PhD in Modern Chinese History from the University of California, Davis.

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