‘Gendered representation of the ethnic minorities in southwest of China and discussion with Zhang’s Self-Portrait’ by Zhu Jing

Zhu Jing started her presentation by a brief introduction about her research, which focused on the visual representation of the ethnic minorities in the southwest of China from mid-18th to mid-20th century. With lots of photos and other resources, she tried to explain why the ethnic minorities’ image became feminized and how the ethnic minorities were visually transformed from a dynastic empire to modern nation state.

Then Zhu shared her opinions with Zhang Mengqi’s documentary ‘Self-Portrait with Three Women’. First, she pointed out it was quite interesting that sex education remained a taboo in China. Second, she inquired whether the social status of women in China changed in last centuries, if yes, in what way? She challenged the stereotype that ‘women had been liberated through social revolution in China’.

For more details, please contact Zhu through s1220737@sms.ed.ac.uk

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