Ai Ai


Ai Ai

Status of Women and Girls in Rural China under the One-Child Policy

PhD-Women’s Studies-University of York (Current)
MA-Social Anthropology-University of Manchester (2012)
LL.B-Criminal Justice-East China University of Political Science and Law (2009)

I am currently a first year PhD student at Centre for Women’s Studies under the supervision of Professor Stevi Jackson. It is very different for me to learn law and anthropology and gender study. Law study trains me more aggressive and logical, while anthropology and women’s study make me more tolerant and modest. Women’s studies offer me a new angle of view. It makes me more interested to explore people’s daily life, family, marriage, career and the society, especially to care about women from a feminist approach.

I focus on rural women and girls not only because the traditional son-preference value results inequality treatment to women and men, but also due to low educated background and left-over status of Chinese rural women and girls. Underreporting of girl’s birth and infanticide which happened a lot at the beginning of the one-child policy implementation are drawn attention by media, researchers and government. Although the status of women and girls has been improved by government policy and economic growth, this group still need a deeper understanding. My PhD research aims to explore their daily life, family and status, more importantly, their own opinion about themselves as women and girls. My research will be based on a small village in the southwest China in Chongqing Province. I plan to spend few months in that village as a volunteer teacher in a primary school to do my research.

If you have the same interests and concern about Chinese rural women and girls, I would love to hear from you.

Last Updated: October 29, 2015 |

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