Events, Seminars, Women's History

15th September 2021: Women and Finance in Twentieth-Century China

Wednesday, 15th September 2021, 4pm (UK)

Women and Finance in Twentieth-Century China

Join us for this exciting double-bill event.

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‘Women, Inheritance, and Property Expansion in the Republican Period in China, 1926-1936’

Jackie Wang, PhD Candidate, Hong Kong University

Jackie Wang is currently a PhD candidate in the history department at the University of Hong Kong studying Chinese women’s economic and business history from a transnational perspective, specifically researching female entrepreneurs in Modern China. Her research spans gender, business, and international history in China and the United States. She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor’s in Politics, Philosophy, and Economics (PPE) and earned her dual Master’s degrees in International and World History from Columbia University and The London School of Economics (LSE). 

‘Women and Private Credit: Unearthing Female Voices Amid Local Credit Crises in Southeast Coastal China in the 1980s’

Qiuyang Chen, PhD Candidate, Warwick University

Hui, a kind of rotating and saving credit associations, is an informal financial instrument that has a long history in China. In the 1980s and 1990s, hui was widespread in coastal towns and counties in southeast China where thousands of private enterprises started to boom. However, several domino-style collapses of hui in this region since the late 1980s created much social unrest and made hui-clearing a pressing issue for local and upper-level governments. While having been major agents in the private credit market for decades, the voice of local women was largely left out when credit crises in the 1980s were generated into collective memory. Women were portrayed as suicides, claimants, protestors, insolvents, absconders, incarcerators, and defrauders while their financial contributions to the success of the local economy have rarely been acknowledged in most contemporary scholarly work. To bring women back to the centre of the narrative, the paper combines archival sources and interviews to demonstrate the agency of elder women of these coastal communities who have been marginalised in the official narrative. It introduces briefly the local economic structure in the second half of the 20th century and details how local women obtained, used and invested money. It also illustrates the local circulation of private credit that these women maintained. Ultimately, it reflects on the social meaning of money and credit from a gender perspective against the backdrop of rural industrialisation in coastal China. 

Crowds seeking to recover debts gathered at the township government


Qiuyang Chen is a Ph. D candidate at History Department at the University of Warwick. Her research interests broadly locate in gender history and Chinese history in modern and contemporary periods. Her ongoing Ph. D project combines archival materials, interviews and network analysis to study the relationship between the female network and the custom of microfinance in rural maritime communities in south-east coastal China. She is also an active member of VaChina, a UK based Chinese feminist group. 



Register for your place on the Zoom webinar: 

We do have a limit of 100 attendees, but you can also view the livestream of the seminar on the Women’s History Network Facebook page (available for 24 hours).


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