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Zhou authors book on women’s rights in China

Jinghao Zhou, Assistant Professor of Asian Languages and Cultures, recently authored “Remaking China’s Public Philosophy and Chinese Women’s Liberation: The Volatile Mixing of Confucianism, Marxism, and Feminism,” published by the Edwin Mellen Press at the beginning of August.

In his book, Zhou challenges the conventional Western and Eastern European opinions and refutes the official Chinese gender ideology, arguing that Confucianism is not the source of women’s oppression, Western feminism is not a panacea to women’s liberation, and Marxism cannot be the guiding principle of the Chinese women’s movement.

To achieve the ultimate goal of women’s liberation, it is urgent for Chinese women to increase self-consciousness of women’s liberation and promote an independent women’s movement to fight for rights in every aspect of Chinese society, focusing on five keys of women’s liberation.

This book will be adopted for Zhou’s class Asian Studies class “Women in Contemporary Chinese Culture” in the coming semester.

Zhou joined the faculty in 2001 and is the author of the book “Remaking China’s Public Philosophy for the Twenty-first Century” (Praeger 2003).