CSDS-Asia Matters Podcast: Women’s Lives In Modern China

On the eve of International Women’s Day, we’re bringing you a special podcast in collaboration with King’s College London’s Lau China Institute, looking at the lives of women in China today.

In this episode we look at the challenges facing young Chinese women in balancing their jobs and home lives, and the prejudices they often face in the workplace, with a particular look at the effects of China’s massive internal migration in recent years.

What kind of position do women hold in the modern Chinese state? How has the country’s extraordinary economic growth over the last few decades affected them both professionally and socially? With the birth rate in China having dropped to its lowest level on record, what impact is the government’s push to increase it having on women?

To answer these questions and more, we spoke to Ye Liu, a senior lecturer in international development at King’s College London. Her research has focused on education and gender inequalities in China.

She was joined by Deborah Davis, professor of sociology at Yale University, whose 2014 book, ‘Wives, Husbands and Lovers’ focused on marriage and sexuality in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and urban China.

Over the course of the year we’ll be bringing you a special series of China focused episodes, working with the Lau China Institute, the largest centre of its kind in the UK. It exists to build a greater understanding of China, both in the UK and across the globe through education, research and outreach. To find out more, please visit www.kcl.ac.uk/LCI. Listen here: