Lifang Xi

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Postdoctoral Fellow
Nankai University
Appointment Dates:
(Sep 1, 2018 – May 17, 2019)
Research Project:
The gender role in dietary activities in late imperial China
This study tries to explore the social status and roles of men and women, intra-household labor division and their influence from the perspective of social dietary activities in late imperial China. Relying on governmental documents as well as collected works, genealogies, gazetteers, popular stories published in this time period, this research tries to demonstrate a rich picture regarding women, food and dietary activities: government regulations and social norm and practices in realities; domestic food activities and social dietary events; and food activities through female communities, in restaurants, and in brothels. It demonstrates how women were empowered through different mechanisms in food activities and how it affected the gender role and the social status of women. It also tries to show how places mattered and different social sectors formed unique rules and ethos regarding food, women and so on.
XI Lifang received her doctoral degree from Zhejiang University, China. And now she is a postdoctoral fellow at the College of History, Nankai University, China. She is interested in Chinese women’s history in the fifteenth to eighteenth centuries, especially qing(情), gender, women, and marital relationship. She has published articles on female education and the women in marriage during late Ming Period, conjugal relations in the Mid-late Ming Dynasty and so on. She is presiding over the 2018 National Social Science Fund of China “Study on marriage and society in the Mid-late Ming Dynasty with qing angle”. She has participated in the design of Chinese Hangzhou Cuisine Museum. An article entitled “The Gender Role in the Spread of Dietary Knowledge in the Ming and Qing Dynasties” has been completed by her.