For our Spring 2024 Feminist Book Club, we will be reading Leta Hong Fincher’s Betraying Big Brother: The Feminist Awakening In China. The interest meeting will take place on February 29th, from 12-1 p.m. in the Women’s Center lounge, Talley 5210. All meetings after will take place on Zoom (link to be distributed). We will distribute free copies of the book to participants at that meeting. From there, we’ll meet from 12-1 p.m. on 3/7, 3/14, 3/21, with a final meeting on 3/28. Click here to register and read more about the book.
The book follows the story of five feminists imprisoned by the Chinese government for their political activism protesting sexual harassment. The book tackles a wide range of feminist issues in China: misogyny, sexism, domestic violence, sexual assault, government surveillance, and patriarchal authoritarianism. There are useful lessons to feminists everywhere in this book and reading it gives us an opportunity to develop solidarity. Participants in this book club can expect to learn about feminist and Chinese history, to develop a sense of transnational feminist concerns, and identify their own feminist preoccupations.
Conversation and analysis will develop between participants across each meeting. As a content warning, the book discusses sexual violence in a variety of forms in detail. If you need more information before deciding to join, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.