Personal Voices: Chinese Women in the 1980's

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The following abbreviations are used in the Notes and Bibliography. Complete authors' names, titles, and publication data are given in the Bibliography, pp. 363-80.

JPRSJoint Publications Research Service
MFMinzhu yu fazhi
RMRBRenmin ribao
ZFZhongguo funü
ZFBZhongguo funü bao
ZQZhongguo qingnian
ZQBZhongguo qingnian bao

For a discusson of the May Fourth Movement, see Chow; Spence; and Schwarcz.
For an analysis of the Party's attempts to mobilize women in the 1920's, see Gilmartin.
See Johnson; Stacey.
For an account of this campaign, and the serious resistance it met in many rural areas, see Johnson, 115-53.
Stacey, 211-16.
For a concise and lucid summary of the political history of the Cultural Revolution, see William Joseph, "Foreword," in Gao Yuan, Born Red; for one person's account of his experiences in that movement, see Gao Yuan.
This point is developed further in Young, "Chicken Little in China."
In addition to the works by Johnson and Stacey mentioned elsewhere in this introduction, the following works have been particularly useful to us: Wolf, Women and the Family in Rural Taiwan; Wolf, Revolution Postponed; Wolf and Witke; Parish and Whyte; Whyte and Parish; Croll, Feminism and Socialism in China; Croll, Chinese Women Since Mao; Diamond; Pasternak; Davin; and the essays in Young, Women in China.

Chapter 1
Gei shaonü de xin, i.
A typical book of advice, Gei shaonü de xin (Letters to Young Women), sketches the lessons that adults want adolescent girls to learn. The book is divided into 26 letters, each supposedly written to a different young woman by an uncle, aunt, teacher, older friend, or cousin. Strong stylistic similarities indicate that the


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