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Making Women's HistoriesBeyond National Perspectives$
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Pamela S. Nadell and Kate Haulman

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780814758908

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814758908.001.0001

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Connecting Histories of Gender, Health, and U.S.-China Relations

Connecting Histories of Gender, Health, and U.S.-China Relations

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Making Women's Histories

Cristina Zaccarini

NYU Press

This chapter examines the intellectual production of women's history in nineteenth- and twentieth-century China and how gender and health histories relate to U.S.–China relations. In particular, it considers how modernity was conceptualized and contested by Chinese women compared with their American counterparts, as historical actors, feminists, patients, healers, and representatives of their respective nation-states. It also explains how women's conceptions of culture and their actions helped redefine understandings of power in China's relationship with the United States. Finally, it discusses ideas of women serving the Chinese nation-state and the emergence of feminism in China. It argues that Chinese women redefined modernity for China and for themselves by blending Chinese and Western cultures, for example, utilizing both Western and Chinese medicine to support the nationalist project.

Keywords:   women's history, China, modernity, Chinese women, culture, nation-state, feminism, medicine, United States, health

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