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Leta Hong Fincher

Leta Hong Fincher

Leta Hong Fincher is the author of Leftover Women: The Resurgence of Gender Inequality in China (2014). She recently completed her PhD in Sociology at Tsinghua University. She has a Master’s degree in East Asian Studies from Stanford University and a Bachelor’s degree, magna cum laude, in East Asian Languages and Civilizations from Harvard University. Her research on “leftover” women and the property market in China has been cited by many news organizations, including The Economist, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and National Public Radio. She is an award-winning former journalist with extensive experience in China and the United States. 

Contributions by Leta Hong Fincher

Books

07.31.14

Leftover Women

LETA HONG FINCHER

A century ago, Chinese feminists fighting for the emancipation of women helped spark the Republican Revolution, which overthrew the Qing empire. After China's Communist revolution of 1949, Chairman Mao famously proclaimed that "women hold up half the sky." In the early years of...

Sinica Podcast

06.16.14

The Resurgence of Gender Inequality in China

KAISER KUO, JEREMY GOLDKORN & more

This week on Sinica, Kaiser and Jeremy are joined by David Moser and Leta Hong Fincher, newly-minted Ph.D. and author of Leftover Women, a book which gazes into the state of women’s rights in China, and documents the way state-sanctioned propaganda, family-driven social...

Viewpoint

04.23.14

From Half the Sky to ‘Leftovers...

MEI FONG & LETA HONG FINCHER

The three-plus decades since the inception of the ‘one child’ policy have resulted in a huge female shortage in China. The country is now seriously unbalanced, with 18 million more boys than girls. By 2020, there will be some 30 million surplus men in China, a condition some...

Conversation

03.19.14

What Should Michelle Obama Accomplish on Her Trip to China...

ORVILLE SCHELL, VINCENT NI & more

Orville Schell:  Looking at the challenges of rectifying U.S.-China relations and building some semblance of the "new kind of a big power relationship" alluded to by presidents Obama and Xi at Sunnylands last year, will most certainly require a multi-stage ongoing effort....

Viewpoint

02.04.14

In Slickness and in Wealth...

LETA HONG FINCHER

Under the harsh glare of a studio spotlight, bride-to-be Tong turns her face until it is almost completely in shadow. Tong is posing for a three-day session of wedding photographs at Shanghai’s premier Princess Studio, where couples spend between 3,000 RMB (U.S.$500) and 130,...

Conversation

11.19.13

What Will the Beginning of the End of the One-Child Policy Bring...

LETA HONG FINCHER, VINCENT NI & more

Leta Hong Fincher:The Communist Party’s announcement that it will loosen the one-child policy is, of course, welcome news. Married couples will be allowed to have two children if only one of the spouses is an only child, meaning that millions more couples will now be exempted...

Sinica Podcast

05.31.13

The Abuse of Children

JEREMY GOLDKORN, LETA HONG FINCHER & more

After a few weeks grousing about the state of Chinese humor, sex, and Bill Bishop, we turn our gaze to the plight of the nation’s children, and the stories of child abuse and maltreatment which have filled the mainland press for the last several weeks...

Chinafile Recommends

10.11.12

China's 'Leftover' Women

LETA HONG FINCHER

In 2007, the Women’s Federation defined “leftover” women (sheng nu) as unmarried women over the age of 27 and China’s Ministry of Education added the term to its official lexicon. Since then, the Women’s Federation Web site has run articles stigmatizing...

New York Times

Sinica Podcast

06.01.12

All-Sinica Federation of Women

MARY KAY MAGISTAD & LETA HONG FINCHER

Considering that this was the week Zhang Ziyi found her name dragged through the mud on the Bo Xilai scandal, there couldn’t be a more topical subject for Sinica than the double standards that are often applied to women in China, and the way Chinese society is often structured...

Books

07.31.14

Leftover Women

LETA HONG FINCHER

A century ago, Chinese feminists fighting for the emancipation of women helped spark the Republican Revolution, which overthrew the Qing empire. After China's Communist revolution of 1949, Chairman Mao famously proclaimed that "women hold up half the sky." In the early years of...

Sinica Podcast

06.16.14

The Resurgence of Gender Inequality in China

KAISER KUO, JEREMY GOLDKORN & more

This week on Sinica, Kaiser and Jeremy are joined by David Moser and Leta Hong Fincher, newly-minted Ph.D. and author of Leftover Women, a book which gazes into the state of women’s rights in China, and documents the way state-sanctioned propaganda, family-driven social...

Viewpoint

04.23.14

From Half the Sky to ‘Leftovers...

MEI FONG & LETA HONG FINCHER

The three-plus decades since the inception of the ‘one child’ policy have resulted in a huge female shortage in China. The country is now seriously unbalanced, with 18 million more boys than girls. By 2020, there will be some 30 million surplus men in China, a condition some...

Conversation

03.19.14

What Should Michelle Obama Accomplish on Her Trip to China...

ORVILLE SCHELL, VINCENT NI & more

Orville Schell:  Looking at the challenges of rectifying U.S.-China relations and building some semblance of the "new kind of a big power relationship" alluded to by presidents Obama and Xi at Sunnylands last year, will most certainly require a multi-stage ongoing effort....

Viewpoint

02.04.14

In Slickness and in Wealth...

LETA HONG FINCHER

Under the harsh glare of a studio spotlight, bride-to-be Tong turns her face until it is almost completely in shadow. Tong is posing for a three-day session of wedding photographs at Shanghai’s premier Princess Studio, where couples spend between 3,000 RMB (U.S.$500) and 130,...

Conversation

11.19.13

What Will the Beginning of the End of the One-Child Policy Bring...

LETA HONG FINCHER, VINCENT NI & more

Leta Hong Fincher:The Communist Party’s announcement that it will loosen the one-child policy is, of course, welcome news. Married couples will be allowed to have two children if only one of the spouses is an only child, meaning that millions more couples will now be exempted...

Sinica Podcast

05.31.13

The Abuse of Children

JEREMY GOLDKORN, LETA HONG FINCHER & more

After a few weeks grousing about the state of Chinese humor, sex, and Bill Bishop, we turn our gaze to the plight of the nation’s children, and the stories of child abuse and maltreatment which have filled the mainland press for the last several weeks...

Sinica Podcast

06.01.12

All-Sinica Federation of Women

MARY KAY MAGISTAD & LETA HONG FINCHER

Considering that this was the week Zhang Ziyi found her name dragged through the mud on the Bo Xilai scandal, there couldn’t be a more topical subject for Sinica than the double standards that are often applied to women in China, and the way Chinese society is often structured...

Chinafile Recommends

10.11.12

China's 'Leftover' Women

LETA HONG FINCHER

In 2007, the Women’s Federation defined “leftover” women (sheng nu) as unmarried women over the age of 27 and China’s Ministry of Education added the term to its official lexicon. Since then, the Women’s Federation Web site has run articles stigmatizing...

New York Times