Presented by Dr. Danke Li, Professor of East Asian Studies at Fairfield University, CT
Clark Auditorium, Fisher Science Center, Bard College at Simon’s Rock, 2-4 p.m.
This program will feature a screening and discussion of the documentary film Echoes of Chongqing: Women in Wartime China, based on Li’s recently published book by the same title, an oral history that records the personal stories of twenty Chinese women who lived in the wartime capital of Chongqing during China’s War of Resistance against Japan during World War II. The women featured in the book came from different social, economic, and educational backgrounds and experienced the war in a variety of ways. The accounts of how women coped, worked, and lived during the war years in the Chongqing region recast historical understanding of the roles played by ordinary people in wartime and give women a public voice and face that, until now, have been missing from scholarship on the war.
Dr. Danke Li earned her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and since 2000 has been a faculty member at Fairfield University, teaching courses on China and East Asia. She is the author of Echoes of Chongqing: Women in Wartime China, and journal articles on gender inequality in education in contemporary China. She has served as the Director of Asian Studies and co-chair of Women’s Studies at Fairfield. Currently, she is the faculty co-chair of the President’s Institutional Diversity Council and a member of the national committee of Chinese Historians in the U.S.