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The Gender of MemoryRural Women and China's Collective Past$
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Gail Hershatter

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780520267701

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520267701.001.0001

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No One is Home

No One is Home

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The Gender of Memory
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Gail Hershatter

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520267701.003.0003

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

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