Saving Self and Nation The New Culture Movement’s Family-Reform Discourse

Susan L. Glosser

in Chinese Visions of Family and State, 1915-1953

Published by University of California Press

Published in print December 2003 | ISBN: 9780520227293
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520926394 | DOI:
Saving Self and Nation The New Culture Movement’s Family-Reform Discourse

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The New Culture Movement's drive to a family reform reveals that the primary impetus of the family revolution was the search of young, urban males for a new identity in modernizing and industrializing society. To educate other people with their family reform, it released a founding journal, The Youth, and claimed the Beijing University as its headquarters. The New Culture Movement started organizing and orienting itself into peer associations, in which associations the movement's young participants were able to formulate their radical proposals for a new society. The creation of such associations was one of their most important innovations of the New Culture Movement. In January 1920, one of the peer groups coalesced to offer an explicit challenge to traditional family organization. Yi Jiayue and Lou Dunwei, both Beijing students, called together several comrades to discuss the “cruel circumstances” and “barbaric aggravation” that young people suffered in their families.

Keywords: New Culture Movement; family; reform; nation; self; peer

Chapter.  20795 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Asian History

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