East Asian Resources acquired,
in the summer of 2001, a collection of late Qing and Republican
Press titles on microform. The collection contains 70
titles published from the first decade of the twentieth century
into the forties.
"This acquisition is
an important addition to our Chinese language materials at
UNC and the early women's press is an important historical
source for the study of modern China or women in East Asia."
"The press was borne
of patriotism and reform in the late Qing. While individual
publications often had short runs and faced tremendous challenges
in finance, distribution and censorship, they were all dedicated
to addressing issues including the education of girls, the
abolition of footbinding, and equality for men and women.
In the early twentieth-century, the women's press, along with
media in general, flourished. Republican Era titles, including
the long-running Fu n¨u za zhi (Ladies Journal)
(1915-1931), actively linked women's issues with concerns
of national salvation as well as more concrete social and
political topics of the day. Like the women's press in Japan
and the West around the same time, these print journals were
not solely edited or consumed by women; they had a mixed-gender
readership and editorship."
Eugenia Y. Lean