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Lecture: Sexing Chinese Law - Dr. Zhao Ma

Date and Time

Thursday, April 11, 2013
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM


  • Mackinac Hall D1123, Allendale Campus




A Public Lecture Sponsored by the East Asian Studies Program

at Grand Valley State University


Sexing Chinese Law: Runaway Daughters, Parental Authority,

and the Legal Reform in Early Twentieth-Century China


Presenter: Dr. Zhao Ma



Dr. Zhao Ma is an assistant professor of Modern Chinese History and Culture in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Washington University in St. Louis. He received his Ph.D from The Johns Hopkins University in 2007. His scholarly research concentrates on the intersection of gender, legal history, and urban history in modern China. Dr. Ma has published articles and critical essays in Journal of Asian Studies, Late Imperial China, Journal of Urban History, and Frontiers of History in China. His book manuscript entitled Runaway Wives, Urban Crimes, and Survival Strategies in Wartime Beijing, 1937-1952 will be published by Harvard University Asia Center. Relying on criminal case files, the monograph probes how lower-class women conceptualized and configured the city’s social and moral order through their individualized survival strategies.


This talk is free and open to the public. Students, faculty, staff and guests are all welcome.


If you have questions or require special accommodations, please contact Dr. Patrick Shan at or call at 616-331-8504.


Patrick Shan



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