Teaching about Women in China and Japan

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Against the Tide: Chinese Feminism and Mainstream Ideologies in Twentieth-Century
Short paper abstracts that nonetheless contain interesting information.
http://www.aasianst.org/absts/1997abst/china/c132.htm

Asian Women Workers Newsletter (AWWN)
Quarterly publication, Mainly news of struggles of Asian women workers.
http://members.tripod.com/~cawhk/

China and Women
List of history links.
http://womenshistory.about.com/cs/china/

Chinese Women: Incorporating women into lessons on China
These lessons and the rationale given for including information on women into instruction on Chinese history are very useful. Included is an overview essay, lesson on women in the Han Dynasty, the legend of Mulan, and foot binding. Treat with caution, however, the emphasis on foot binding and this comparative lesson.
http://www.primarysource.org/library/tcus/china_women.pdf
Also see our essay: Gender Difference in History: Women in China and Japan.

Culture & Art: Women of the Tang Dynasty
Images and text.
http://www.chinavoc.com/history/tang/women.htm

The Diary of Murasaki Shikibu
Here on line you'll find Murasaki's whole diary, complete with illustrations, some in color. An incredible resource.
http://digital.librar.upenn.edu/women/omori/court/murasaki.html

Emperor Song Huizong's Ideal in Qingming Shanghe Tu: A Confucian Society with Proper Gender Interaction. This essay, with illustrations, analyzes a 12th century Northern Song dynasty hand scroll which reveals Song period Confucian beliefs about proper gender and class roles.
http://www-mcnair.berkeley.edu/98journal/ayeung/

Feminist Theory Website: feminism in Japan
List of links to explore contemporary issues in Asia.
http://www.cddc.vt.edu/feminism/jap.html

Greater Learning for Women, 1762
Tokugawan era NeoConfucian treatise.
http://www.wsu.edu:8080/~wldciv/world_civ_reader/world_civ_reader_2/kaibara.html

The Grievance Rhetoric of Chinese Women from Lamentation to Revolution
Fascinating article featuring selections from the 16th century story "The Shrew" (loved by students), bridal laments, and revolutionary peasant "speaking bitterness" complaints.
http://wwwsshe.murdoch.edu.au/intersections/issue4/mclaren.html

Human Rights for Workers
List of links to Asian Women Workers sites
http://www.senser.com/women.htm

Intersections
Feminist Asian journal. March 2002 issue on Japan has articles for teacher&older students on a variety of topics including female "outlaw" (anarchist) advocates in Imperial Japan.
http://wwwsshe.murdoch.edu.au/intersections/issue7_contents.html

Iron Women and Foxy Ladies
Posters and text to explore expectations in women's roles from Cultural Revolution to today.
http://www.iisg.nl/~landsberger/iron.html

Iratsume and Journals for Women in the Early Meiji Period
Paper on influence of newspapers and their divergent opinions of women in early Meiji Era.
http://www.japanesestudies.org.uk/kenkyu2002/Patessio.pdf

Lessons For Women Ban Zhoa
Selections.
http://www.isop.ucla.edu/eas/documents/banzhao.htm

Marriage, Rank and Rape in The Tale of the Genji.
An essay for teachers/older students.
http://wwwsshe.murdoch.edu.au/intersections/issue7/tyler.html

The Legend of Mu Lan
A list of links from Victoria Press (which has young adult readers on Mulan and Empress Wu Zetian).
http://www.HeroinesinHistory.com/mulan.html

Mulan as a Unit Study
Ways students can learn about the real Mulan both on the WEB and through good books. The site contains links to additional resources; one being a short description of the real Mulan story.
http://www.heroinesInHistory.com/lesson.html

New Pride of Place for Japanese Women
N
ewspaper article on contemporary life.
http://www.atimes.com/japan-econ/BK07Dh01.html

Portrait of Murasaki Shikibu
Activity
http://www.curriculum.edu.au/accessasia/anthol/reflect/refstud1.htm

Women in Asian History. Useful teacher oriented annotated list of WEB sites including general Asia sources as well as those specific to women. Some include classroom lesson ideas.
http://www.icsd.k12.ny.us/highschool/library/asiaresources.html

Women in Japanese Society: Their Changing Roles
Essay on contemporary stituation.
http://www2.gol.com/users/friedman/writings/p1.html

Women's Use of the Naginata
Essay and illustrations.
http://www.scnf.org/history2.html

Women Warriors of Japan
Essay on role of arms-bearing women in Japanese history.
http://www.koryubooks.com/library/wwj1.html

Women in World History Curriculum
Biographies of "Female Heroes."
   Empress Wu Zetian:  http://www.WomenInWorldHistory.com/heroine6.html
   Murasaki Shikibu:  http://www.WomenInWorldHistory.com/heroine9.html
Lesson on NeoConfucian sayings:  http://www.WomenInWorldHistory.com/lesson3.html

Women & Women's Communities in Ancient Japan
Essay on women and Shintoism, early history, Heian period and writers.
http://www.wsu.edu:8080/~dee/ANCJAPAN/WOMEN.HTM


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