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Gender and Globalization in Asia and the PacificMethod, Practice, Theory$
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Kathy E. Ferguson and Monique Mironesco

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780824831592

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824831592.001.0001

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“What about Other Translation Routes (East–West)?”

“What about Other Translation Routes (East–West)?”

The Concept of the Term “Gender” Traveling into and throughout China

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(p.79) Chapter 5 “What about Other Translation Routes (East–West)?”
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Gender and Globalization in Asia and the Pacific
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Min Dongchao

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University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824831592.003.0005

This chapter looks at how the concept of gender, one of the most popular feminist terms in Women's Studies circles in China during the 1990s, traveled into and then throughout China. It focuses on issues pertaining to why and how the ideas and knowledge of feminism and Women's Studies travel from “here” (the west) to “there” (China). From whom and to whom do they flow; how and for what reasons? In what form are they received, understood, and localized? This chapter recognizes an ongoing tendency to see translation routes for the terms of “feminisms” as traveling in a one-way direction, from west to east. Yet a closer look at specific Chinese examples of conceptual travel and global translations suggests a more complex story.

Keywords:   gender, Women's Studies, China, feminism, translation routes, feminist terms, conceptual travel, global translations

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