Student Type

Ph.D.

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

2-2015

Abstract

As young, diasporic feminist activist–scholars involved in queer feminist move- ments across China, Taiwan, and New York City, we reflect on the emergent ‘‘new’’ queer feminism in China today, with its amorphous cohesion and dramatic impact, as highlighted by the subway protest. Drawing on transnational feminism, we are part of this latest ‘‘new’’ response to growing global inequalities and neo-colonial feminist discourses that calls for a critical re-engagement with global politics (Grewal & Kaplan, 2001). However, as activists who center our political involvement in Asia, ‘‘transnationalism’’ is not only a vision, but an already exist- ing state, as we see our movements converge under international pressure coming from both radical and neoliberal forces. Though exhilarated by this moment of possibility in Chinese feminism, we argue that our practices as young feminists and the ‘‘newness’’ of the movement we identify with must be situated and examined in the ambivalent genealogy of feminism in the Chinese Communist past, the hegemonic Western feminist discourse, and transnational politics.

 
 

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