No One is Home

Gail Hershatter

in The Gender of Memory

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2011 | ISBN: 9780520267701
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520950344 | DOI:
No One is Home

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This chapter focuses on Chinese women's childhood memories of the chaotic Republican period and the arrival of the Communists in 1949. It relates the women's experiences of their unprotected mobility as the children of the poor, as refugees, child brides, and farmers in a society that regarded women's appearance outside of the domestic space as scandalous. It describes the picaresque adventures and terrible vulnerability of the refugee and future labor model Shan Xiuzhen and investigates why women's prerevolutionary confinement to the home has remained so enduring in spite of its obvious inaccuracy.

Keywords: Chinese women; childhood memories; Republican period; Communists; unprotected mobility; domestic space; Shan Xiuzhen

Chapter.  18052 words. 

Subjects: Asian History

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