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Leta Hong Fincher

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Leta Hong Fincher

Radicals & Revolutionaries Lab

This week’s revolutionary is Leta Hong Fincher. Leta is a journalist and scholar, focused on studying and reporting on the feminist movements inside China. She recently wrote Betraying Big Brother, which is about China’s resilient feminist movement. Throughout our conversation, Leta explains how China has emerged as the most powerful and influential authoritarian regime in the world. She explains the population control policy, which aims to “sculpt” the general population—or, in other words, a law that incites a slow, insidious ethnic cleansing. Leta also shares about how feminism is intertwined with all revolutions throughout Chinese history. Some Questions I Ask: Do you consider yourself more like a journalist or academic? (1:11)What do you think about the evolution of how mass media treats sexual harassment pieces? (13:35)What can we learn from the feminist movements in China? (44:14)How can people find your work? (1:07:23)In This Episode, You Will Learn: About Leta’s background. (4:14)How Leta became disillusioned with how American mass media covers women’s issues. (7:22)How far China’s influence reaches around the globe. (24:20)How China’s population planning policy aims to increase the “population quality.” (33:17)How the Chinese government changed its policy to limit births by ethnic minorities. (42:18)How male communists throughout Chinese history welcomed feminists into revolutions. (1:02:38)Resources: Leta Hong Fincher’s WebsiteBetraying Big Brother by Leta Hong FincherCatch and Kill by Ronan FarrowThe Catch and Kill Podcast with Ronan FarrowLeftover Women by Leta Hong Fincher See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.

1hr 8mins

24 Feb 2020

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160: Leta Hong Fincher: China’s Feminist Awakening

Town Hall Seattle Civics Series

On the eve of International Women’s Day in 2015, the Chinese government arrested five feminist activists and jailed them for thirty-seven days. The Feminist Five became international symbols, with Hillary Clinton speaking out on their behalf and activists inundating social media with #FreetheFive messages. Journalist and scholar Leta Hong Fincher sees the Five as heralds of a much larger feminist movement of civil rights lawyers, labor activists, performance artists, and online advocates prompting an unprecedented awakening among China’s educated, urban women. Hong Fincher arrived at Town Hall to share perspectives from her book Betraying Big Brother, describing how the Communist regime has suppressed the history of its own feminist struggles—and revealing how such a popular, broad-based movement poses the greatest challenge to China’s authoritarian regime today. Through interviews with the Feminist Five and other leading Chinese activists, Hong Fincher illuminated both the difficulties they face and their “joy of betraying Big Brother,” as one of the Feminist Five wrote of the defiance she felt during her detention. Listen as Hong Fincher traced the rise of a new feminist consciousness now finding expression through #MeToo, and explored how the movement against patriarchy could reconfigure China and the world. Leta Hong Fincher is a journalist and scholar who has written for the New York Times, The Washington Post, Guardian, Ms. Magazine, the BBC and CNN. She is the author of Leftover Women: The Resurgence of Gender Inequality in China. Presented by Town Hall Seattle as part of the 2019 Homecoming Festival. Recorded live in the Forum on September 22, 2019. 

1hr 17mins

8 Oct 2019

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Episode 55: Leta Hong Fincher on Chinese feminists


On this episode of en(gender)ed, our guest is Leta Hong Fincher, journalist, scholar and author of the books, Leftover Women and Betraying Big Brother.  Through these books, Leta chronicles the ways in which China’s post economic reforms of the 1990s led to a state drive to incentivize marriage and its subsequent awakening of China’s urban, educated women.  We speak with Leta about the struggles the Feminist Five and other leading Chinese activists have faced in “betraying Big Brother” and why and how the rise of a Chinese feminist consciousness is important to other feminist movements, from #MeToo to workers rights to leveraging the power of women’s anger to building solidarity across borders.   During our conversation, Leta and I referenced the following resources: The Feminist Five The University of Hong Kong's study of censorship on WeChat The Kim Lee divorce case--"American Woman Gives Domestic Abuse a Face, A Voice, in China" How China's Anti-Domestic Violence Law is failing survivors Adrienne Maree Brown's Pleasure Activism the need in resistance movements and joy as a form of resistance --- Thanks for tuning in to the en(gender)ed podcast! Be sure to check out our en(gender)ed site and follow our blog on Medium. Consider donating because your support is what makes this work sustainable. Please also connect with us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. Don’t forget to subscribe to the show!

1hr 12mins

20 Jun 2019

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The War on Women: The View from China | Leta Hong Fincher

Opinion Has It

When Mao Zedong declared in 1968 that “women hold up half the sky,” many were taken aback. No one expected such a progressive stance from the Communist founder of the People's Republic. Today, however, rather than seeing women as a key driver of economic advancement, China’s leaders have been cracking down on the feminist movement. Leta Hong Fincher, a scholar on women in China, explains why. See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.


18 Jun 2019

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Episode 18: Leta Hong Fincher

Ta for Ta: Women, Success, China

Leta is a best-selling author, journalist, and scholar. Fluent in Mandarin, she is the first American to receive a Ph.D. from Tsinghua University’s Department of Sociology. Leta has written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, The Guardian, Ms. magazine, the BBC, CNN, and many others. She received the Sigma Delta Chi Award for excellence in journalism in 2002 for her China reporting. She is also the author of two best-selling, critically acclaimed books: Betraying Big Brother: The Feminist Awakening in China (2018) and Leftover Women: The Resurgence of Gender Inequality in China (2014). Identified by The Telegraph as an "awesome woman to follow on Twitter," Leta was named a Mellon Visiting Assistant Professor at Columbia University and recently moved to New York.See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.


7 May 2019

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Interview with Leta Hong Fincher, Betraying Big Brother: The Feminist Awakening in China

Uncommon Sense – Triple R FM

Journalist and scholar Leta Hong Fincher discusses the rising gender inequality in China, the widespread concept of 'Leftover Women', and her new book, 'Betraying Big Brother: The Feminist Awakening in China.' Fluent in Mandarin, Leta is the first American to receive a Ph.D. from Tsinghua University's Department of Sociology in Beijing.


14 Mar 2019

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WMC Live #277: Leta Hong Fincher. (Original Airdate 2/24/2019)

Women's Media Center Live with Robin Morgan

Robin on national emergencies, Cardinal McCarrick, "embryo adoption," and why the North Pole is moving, plus Part 3 of "Women’s Suffrage(s)." Guest: Leta Hong Fincher on her book Betraying Big Brother: The Feminist Awakening in China.


24 Feb 2019

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Leta Hong Fincher: China threatened by feminist awakening

The Weekend with Karyn Hay

The Chinese government sees the women's movement as a threat so it's a huge triumph that feminism is on the rise there, says academic Leta Hong Fincher. Her latest book is Betraying Big Brother: The Feminist Awakening in China.


5 Jan 2019

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Betraying Big Brother- Discussing China's Feminist Movement with Author and Academic Leta Hong Fincher

The Arts of Travel

We Interview the Author and Academic Leta Hong Fincher on her Latest Book- "Betraying Big Brother: The Feminist Awakening in China" We discuss China's Leadership, Global Patriarchy, how class and feminism intersect and how Feminist activists are asserting themselves in China.


29 Dec 2018

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FreshEd #132 – Betraying Big Brother: The Feminist Awakening in China (Leta Hong Fincher)


Today we explore the feminist movement in China. My guest is Leta Hong Fincher, an award-winning journalist and scholar.Leta argues that the jailing of the Feminist Five in 2015 was a turning point for the movement.Leta Hong Fincher recently published the book, Betraying Big Brother: The Feminist Awakening in China, published by Verso (2018).www.freshedpodcast.com/finchertwitter:@freshedpodcastemail: info@freshedpodcast.com


29 Oct 2018