Fang Qin

Associate Professor, College of History
Capital Normal University
Appointment Dates:
(Aug 16, 2017 – May 11, 2018)
Research Project:
Why is “Sanbuqu” Forgotten? Divorce, Gender, and Memory Making in Modern China
As the protective measure in Chinese divorce customs, “sanbuqu” (three conditions for not divorcing the wife) are almost completely wiped out from contemporary Chinese people’s recognition and memories. This project sees the forgetting of “sanbuqu” not as a knowledge lacking but as a symptom of the memory making in modern China. By reading primary sources produced by missionaries, the nationalists, the feminists, the liberalists, and the political parties, this project argues that the forgetting of “sanbuqu” became an effective strategy, manipulating and shaping public beliefs about China’s marriage and divorce customs, gender politics, the tradition that Chinese people lived in, and even China itself, in order to embody and justify the various versions of liberation and modernity by these social groups.
QIN Fang received her doctoral degree from the University of Minnesota (Twin Cities) and now is an associate professor at the College of History, Capital Normal University, China. She is interested in Chinese women’s history in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, especially the relationship between women’s movements and the discursive formation of liberation and oppression. She has published articles on women’s experiences of mobility and visuality, the feminist-related neologism making, and the comparison of girls’ home education between China and Germany. She is completing a book entitled “In Search for Respectability: The Making of Women’s Education in Treaty Ports of China, 1898-1912.”