Workshop: ‘Leftover’ and ‘Stale’ Women: A Graduate Student Workshop on Gender Inequality in Contemporary China and Japan

call for papers [150-2]The University of San Francisco Center for Asia Pacific Studies invites graduate students to participate in its Tuesday, October 6, 2015 workshop, “‘Leftover’ and ‘Stale’ Women:  A Graduate Student Workshop on Gender Inequality in Contemporary China and Japan.”

In East Asia, and many other parts of the world, highly educated women are electing to remain single to focus on their careers and live more independent lives. Education and economic freedom have also allowed women to become more selective in their choice of a life partner. Once past the acceptable age of marriage though, these women face condemnation and ridicule from societies in which strong beliefs regarding traditional family structures are deeply ingrained.  With this workshop, the Center aims to provide a forum for the discussion of  the labeling of these unmarried women as “leftover” in China and as “Christmas cakes” in Japan.

Participating Scholars:

Susan Holloway, Professor, Cognition and Development, School of Education, University of California Berkeley

Leta Hong Fincher, Lecturer, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and author of Leftover Women: The Resurgence of Gender Inequality in China.

Sponsored in part by a grant from the USF President’s Advisory Committee on the Status of Women. Co-sponsored by the USF Master in Asia Pacific Studies (MAPS) program.

Interested graduate students are welcome to apply to participate in the workshop.

Space is limited.

Date:  Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015
Time:  6:00-8:00 p.m.
Place:  University of San Francisco (location TBA)

Networking reception and dinner:  5:00 p.m.

A small number of travel grants ($150 max) will be available to assist participants traveling to USFfrom outside of the San Francisco Bay Area.

Interested graduate students should send an email to (subject line:  Leftover Women Workshop) with the following information:

Year in program
Deadline for receipt of applications:  Friday, Sept. 25, 2015

(Applications will be read on a rolling basis starting Sept. 21, 2015)

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