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Thursday, February 28, 2013 - 19:30

China's "Leftover" Women

Leta Hong Fincher, Sociologist


British Embassy Residence

15 Guanghua Lu


Yingguo Dashi Zhuzhai 15 Guanghua Lu



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The term "leftover woman" (sheng nü) is often used in China to describe an urban, professional female over the age of 27 who is still single. Leta Hong Fincher argues that state-perpetuated myths about "leftover" women are part of the Chinese government's efforts to promote marriage and social stability in the midst of widespread discontent.

China faces a severe demographic crisis of tens of millions of men who will be unable to find a bride because of the sex ratio imbalance. This talk will explore the consequences of China's state media campaign about "leftover" women and the overall situation of young, urban women.

Leta Hong Fincher is a Ph.D. candidate in sociology at Tsinghua University. She has a master's degree in East Asian studies from Stanford University and a bachelor's degree, magna cum laude, in East Asian languages and civilizations from Harvard University. Her research on gender and real estate in China has been cited by many news organizations, such as The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and TIME magazine. Before embarking on her doctoral program, she was an award-winning broadcast journalist.