On July 10, we’ll be talking about Leta Hong Fincher’s Leftover Women: The Resurgence of Gender Inequality in China. Fincher argues that the commissars in Beijing, whose one-child policy has left the country with a surplus of young men, are using means both subtle and crude to persuade women that finding a husband is more important than pursuing a career. Those who remain single in their late 20s are branded sheng nu—leftover women. Critics counter that Chinese culture has always seen women as primarily mothers and homemakers, and that Fincher exaggerates the role of the state. Read her book, see what you think, and join us in what promises to be a lively discussion.
The White Rabbit Book Club meets in the Library on the third floor of the Gallery on the second Sunday of each month. Under the broad headings of China and art, we discuss novels, memoirs, history books, current affairs and even cookery. Whether or not you’ve read the nominated book, you are welcome to join us.
When: Second Sunday of every month, 2 p.m.
Where: Library, 3rd floor
How much: FREE
Contact: Phyllis Rowlinson: prowlinson[at]whiterabbitcollection.org, tel. (02) 8399 2867