August 13, 2015

Runaway Wives, Urban Crimes, and Survival Tactics in Wartime Beijing, 1937–1949

by Zhao Ma

From 1937 to 1949, Beijing was in a state of crisis. The combined forces of Japanese occupation, civil war, runaway inflation, and reformist campaigns and revolutionary efforts wreaked havoc on the city’s economy, upset the political order, and threatened the social and moral fabric as well. Women, especially lower-class women living in Beijing’s tenement neighborhoods, were among those most affected by these upheavals. Delving into testimonies from criminal case files, Zhao Ma explores intimate accounts of lower-class women’s struggles with poverty, deprivation, and marital strife.

September 17, 2015 - 4:00pm
Dongdong Chen, Associate Professor of Asian Studies, Seton Hall University
September 17, 2015 - 5:00pm
Todd Honma, Pitzer College
October 2, 2015 - 4:00pm
Chris Tong, Postdoctoral Fellow in Taiwan Literature, Washington University