Book Talk: ‘King­dom of Women’

Global Times – Metro Beijing - - STRATEGIST -

The Mo­suo tribe in Yun­nan, west­ern China is the last sur­viv­ing ma­tri­lin­eal and ma­tri­ar­chal so­ci­ety in the world. Theirs is a story dis­cov­ered some­what un­ex­pect­edly by Choo Wai­hong, a cor­po­rate lawyer from Sin­ga­pore who left be­hind 15hour days and the ex­haust­ing de­mands of cor­po­rate life to travel China and learn more about her her­itage. The Mo­suo com­mu­nity wor­ships the fe­male spirit, cel­e­brates every as­pect of wom­an­hood and struc­tures its so­cial hi­er­ar­chy ac­cord­ing to ma­ter­nal blood­lines. Choo’s book is the first in­sider ac­count of Mo­suo life. Her writ­ing sheds light on a re­mark­able so­ci­ety that teeters on the edge of ex­tinc­tion in the midst of mod­ern China and ties into cur­rent de­bates about tra­di­tional gen­der roles. At­tend this book talk to have a chat with the au­thor and hear dis­cus­sions about gen­der roles and whether this so­ci­ety could be the per­fect model for a fem­i­nist utopia. When: Au­gust 3, 7:30 pm-10 pm Where: The Book­worm, Court­yard 4, Gongtibei Lu, Chaoyang dis­trict Cost: 50 yuan Con­tact: 6586-9507

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