Never Ending Voices of Chinese Women: Me Too Movement in and Since the Year 2018 (80991)

Session Information: Comparative Gender Studies
Session Chair: Nga Nguyen

Monday, 27 May 2024 09:40
Session: Session 1
Room: Room B (Live-Stream)
Presentation Type: Live-Stream Presentation

All presentation times are UTC + 9 (Asia/Tokyo)

The year 2018 witnessed the beginning of Chinese Me Too Movement in that young feminist activists in China began to raise their voices to fight against sexual misconduct on women, and they further tried to raise public awareness about issues of sexual misconduct, sexism, and gender inequality in Chinese society. This paper aims to trace back to the very beginning of Me Too Movement at the year of 2018 in China, and find an answer to the following questions: how Chinese Me Too Movement has spread and who Xianzi (a pioneer of Chinese Me Too Movement) is. It then explores three distinct characteristics of Me Too Movement in China: (1) use of WeChat poll, (2) active use of hashtag, and (3) tactic of camouflage. This study also adopts three primary types of data collection: (1) literature review, (2) in-depth interviews, and (3) observation and analysis of online contents, while conducting a continuous observation to follow up patterns of Me Too Movement and the latest events, campaigns, and trends as well. Chinese Me Too Movement has provided Chinese women with a new channel for them to break silence, even though it has met a wide range of challenges against their activism such as sociopolitical pressure, media censorship and control, and marginalized women’s voices. This study will enable us to imagine a positive possibility that Me Too Movement, along with Chinese young feminist activism, will bring about a huger wave of changes and revolutions for women in China.

Sugyeong Son, Seoul National University, South Korea

About the Presenter(s)
Ms Sugyeong Son is a University Doctoral Student at Seoul National University in South Korea

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