Leftover in China: The Women Shaping the World's Next Superpower by Roseann Lake

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Leftover in China: The Women Shaping the World's Next Superpower Read Online Free - Forty years ago, China enacted the one-child policy, only recently relaxed. Among many other unintended consequences, it resulted in both an enormous gender imbalance—with a predicted twenty million more men than women of marriage age by 2020—and China’s first generations of only-daughters. Given the resources normally reserved for boys, these girls were pushed to study, excel in college, and succeed in careers, as if they were sons.

Now living in an economic powerhouse, enough of these women have decided to postpone marriage—or not marry at all—to spawn a label: "leftovers." Unprecedentedly well-educated and goal-oriented, they struggle to find partners in a society where gender roles have not evolved as vigorously as society itself, and where new professional opportunities have made women less willing to compromise their careers or concede to marriage for the sake of being wed. Further complicating their search for a mate, the vast majority of China’s single men reside in and are tied to the rural areas where they were raised. This makes them geographically, economically, and educationally incompatible with city-dwelling “leftovers,” who also face difficulty in partnering with urban men, given the urban men’s general preference for more dutiful, domesticated wives.

Part critique of China’s paternalistic ideals, part playful portrait of the romantic travails of China’s trailblazing women and their well-meaning parents who are anxious to see their daughters snuggled into traditional wedlock, Roseann Lake’s Leftover in China focuses on the lives of four individual women against a backdrop of colorful anecdotes, hundreds of interviews, and rigorous historical and demographic research to show how these "leftovers" are the linchpin to China’s future.

Title : Leftover in China: The Women Shaping the World's Next Superpower
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ISBN : 0393254631
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 288 pages


Sigrid-marianella rated it ★★★★★

February 19, 2018

Having seen the leftover monologues staged in Beijing in 2014 I have been eagerly waiting for this book to be released and to get to know these awe-inspiring women better. This book follows the personal stories of a handful of so-called “leftover” women, revealing that unlike what their label sugg...

Angela rated it ★★★★☆

January 04, 2018

I was fascinated by this book. I've always been intrigued by the Chinese attitude towards education, and wondered what my life would have been like if I'd been born there. I was thinking of the positives of such a rigorous education system, and had no clue at all about the societal pressures to m...

Susan rated it ★★★★☆

March 01, 2018

I bought this book after reading all the controversy over it, so wanted to see for myself what it was all about. I quickly figured it wasn’t like Leta Hong Fincher’s book, the other book it’s been compared to. I’ll review hers later this month. For Lake’s book, I thought it flowed well and it kep...

Adrienne rated it ★☆☆☆☆

February 23, 2018

Despite my interest in the subject, I will not be touching this book. Unintentionally or otherwise, it erases the groundbreaking contributions in this field made by Leta Hong Fincher, whose public writing on this subject has been available since 2011 and whose own book, Leftover Women: The Resurg...

Diana Baquero rated it ★★★★★

February 27, 2018

In addition to providing a socioeconomic analysis of the value and contributions of women in the Chinese economy, Lake beautifully conveys the nuanced experiences of "leftover" women in China who are navigating restrictive and unequal gender norms while trying to balance their personal and profes...

Jonathan rated it ★★☆☆☆

February 16, 2018

I recognize that as a man, I cannot testify to experiencing this for myself so let’s get that out of the way. I also recognize that I’m an outsider to the mainland, but then again so is the author. With all that being said this is an okay book that most deeply focuses on a very specific group of...

Margaret rated it ★★★★☆

October 14, 2017

The gender imbalance caused by the one-child policy in China is well known , but it is way more complicated than that. Urban couples who accepted girls as their only children poured resources into their upbringing, resulting in highly educated, globally sophisticated women who are still expected...

❇Critterbee rated it ★★★☆☆

October 22, 2017

This is a very interesting and eye-opening read about the amazing women in China who have widely achieved an unprecedented level of ass-kickingly professional success. These brilliant, successful, highly educated women are almost running the country, and are propelling China forward towards a bri...

B. rated it ★★★☆☆

March 06, 2018

As an expat living in China for over 10 years and with a lot of Chinese friends, much of what is in this book didn't come as a surprise and the reasons and issues faced by the "leftover" women were all very familiar. For someone who isn't familiar with the issue, this book will serve as a good in...

Marina rated it ★★★★★

March 07, 2018

It was a fascinating read, a really well written book! Kept me interested from the beginning to the end. A delightful insight on the female reality in contemporary China. For someone like me, who gets bored very quickly when reading non fictional books, it was great. I loved all four stories port...

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