• Half the Sky: Women in Chinese History

    Reflection for 12/4

    In the past two weeks of my “Half the Sky: Women in Chinese History” class, we’ve been looking more at modern Chinese history, including women and the feminist movement during the Cultural Revolution, and women and feminism in China today. Since Thanksgiving was on Thursday, November 22nd, we didn’t have class that day, and on Thursday, the 29th, we had a special class on the Opium Wars and Opium in China for a portfolio project presentation. On Tuesday, November 2oth, our class discussed and read about the Cultural Revolution in China during the 1960s, as well as what women had been doing up until and after that point. We discussed…

  • Half the Sky: Women in Chinese History

    Reflection for 11/20

    In these past two weeks in my “Half the Sky: Women in Chinese History Course” we’ve been discussing two famous historical figures (Li Qingzhao and Qiu Jin), Nüshu (a script created and used by women) and “Six Records of Floating Life” written by Shen Fu during the late Qing Dynasty (sometime during the 1800s). The portion of the memoir on which we focused was written about Shen Fu’s wife, Yün, and their marriage. On Tuesday, November sixth, our class focused on a memoir entitled Six Records of Floating Life, written by Shen Fu. In particular, we read “The Joys of the Wedding Chamber”, the first chapter, in which Shen Fu…

  • Half the Sky: Women in Chinese History

    Reflection for 11/6

    In these past two weeks, for my “Half the Sky: Women in Chinese History” Course, our class has continued to talk about the way women are depicted as demons and spirits, women’s life in the Song Dynasty (960 CE- 1279 CE), and footbinding. On October 23rd, we finished up our discussion from the previous week about how women are often connected to “nefarious” creatures, and looked into the story of Madam White, a snake demon, and compared her tale to the one of Miss Ren, the fox demon from the previous week. Unlike Miss Ren, who truly seems to have the best in mind for her lover, Zheng Liu, Madam…

  • Half the Sky: Women in Chinese History

    Reflection for 10/23

    For the past two weeks in my “Half the Sky: Women in Chinese History” Course, my class and I have been learning about a variety of topics. Such topics included comparing and contrasting Traditional Chinese Medicine with Western Medicine, Women being used as diplomatic gifts, the love story of the Brilliant Emperor and Precious Consort Yang, and women’s association with fox demons and spirits. On Tuesday, October 9th, our class continued to discuss, learn and review what we’d learned in the previous week about Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), and compared it to Western Medicine (WM). Comparisons between TCM and and WM were difficult to verbalize, but several key differences seemed…

  • Half the Sky: Women in Chinese History

    Reflection for 10/9

    Over these past two weeks in my “Women in Chinese History” course, we’ve been examining Empress Wu Zhao (though she is also known as Wu Zetian) and have been examining some of the different traditions in China, particularly in regards to female goddesses and medical treatments regarding women. On September 25th, the first class included in this bi weekly reflection, the topic was Empress Wu Zhao. Empress Wu Zhao was alive and ruled during the 600s BCE and she is often referred to as Emperor Wu Zhao in addition to Empress, as she was the only woman to ever declare herself Emperor, also establishing her own dynasty (the Zhou Dynasty)…

  • Half the Sky: Women in Chinese History

    Reflection for 9/25

    These past two weeks in “Women in Chinese History” , we’ve been working with topics surrounding what roles women were expected to play, who was telling them to play those roles, and which women were the exceptions. In ancient China women were expected to be meek, and subservient; they were under constant pressure to follow what has been termed in English as the “three obediences”*. They were also expected to be the moral and ethical centers of the home sphere, teaching their sons morality alongside their intellectual studies. These expectations were born out of the leading philosophical and religious thought of the time, Confucianism. Confucianism was a school of thought…

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    First Post… yay

    1, 2, 3, 1, 2, 3, Testing, testing, it this thing on? Better yet, is it working at all? As I’m able to type, I’m going to guess yes, but we’ll see. Hi to anyone reading this (perhaps just myself in a few years time, perhaps nobody at all), I’m just testing to make sure this blog is working. Anyway, that’s all for now, see yah