Chinese Women through Chinese Eyes

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7
Historical Roots of Changes in Women's Status in Modern China

Li Yu-ning

BORN in China, Li Yu-ning received her B.A. degree in history from the National Taiwan University and her Ph.D. degree in history from Columbia University in 1967. Since 1968 she has been the editor of Chinese Studies in History, an academic journal published in New York. She is professor of Chinese history at St. John's University in New York City. Her books include The Introduction of Socialism into China ( 1970) and Wu Han chuan (A biography of Wu Han, 1973). She edited Chin-tai Chung-hua fu-nü tzu-hsu shih-wen hsuan (Autobiographical writings and poems of modern Chinese women, 1980), and coedited with Chang Yü-fa the two-volume Chin-tai Chung-kuo nü-ch'üan yun-tung shih-liao (Documents on women's movements in modern China, 1975) and the two-volume Chung-kuo fu-nü shih lun-wen chi (Collected essays on the history of Chinese women, 1981, 1988).

This paper was presented at the Conference on the History of the Republic of China, held in Taipei, Taiwan, August 24-28, 1981. In 1982 it was published in the St. John's Papers in Asian Studies series. It attempts to show how tradition has contributed to changes in Chinese women's status in modern times.

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