Special Event

Cafe Sambal

Covering up Half the Sky—Sexism in the Chinese Language

Speaker: David Moser

The Chinese language, like all the world’s languages, is rife with sexism. But due to its long history, its linguistic structure, and its complex character-based script, the Chinese language often exhibits sexism in surprising and subtle ways. This talk will explore the psychological role of language in perpetuating sexist attitudes toward women in China.

David Moser has been based in Beijing for over 25 years, and is currently Associate Dean of the Yenching Academy at Peking University. He appears often on BBC radio as a commentator on the daily program Business Matters, and is also a frequent China analyst on Al Jazeera television. He is author of A Billion Voices: China’s Search for a Common Language (2016) published by Penguin, and is also a co-host of the Sinica Podcast. He holds a Master’s and a Ph.D. in Chinese Studies from the University of Michigan.

This event is co-sponsored by China Crossroads and GoEast Language Training.

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