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Leta Hong Fincher

Leta Hong Fincher

Hong Kong
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Award-winning journalist on gender inequality and the urban property market in China

Acclaimed author, "Leftover Women: The Resurgence of Gender Inequality in China" (2014)

"Top 100 China influencers on Twitter", Sparkah Business Strategy (2014)

Dr. Leta Hong Fincher is an award-winning former journalist, and author of the critically acclaimed book, “Leftover Women: The Resurgence of Gender Inequality in China” (2014).

As a journalist, Leta contributed to research on women and China’s economy and property market, which has been cited by many news organisations, including The Economist, New York Times, Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, Fortune Magazine, Washington Post, Businessweek, Foreign Policy, The Guardian, The Telegraph, Huffington Post, TIME Magazine, BBC and CNN. Along with her successful career in journalism, Leta is also the first American to receive a Ph.D. from the Department of Sociology at Tsinghua University in Beijing.

Leta’s book,”Leftover Women: The Resurgence of Gender Inequality in China,” was named one of the top 5 China books of 2014 by ChinaFile, one of the best foreign policy books in 2014 by FP Interrupted, one of the best Asian books of 2014 by Asia House, and one of the top 10 China books of 2014 by Time Out magazine.

In 2014 Leta was named one of “top 100 China influencers” on Twitter by Sparkah Business Strategy, one of the top China tweeters in 2014 by Danwei.com, one of the top Hong Kong women to follow on Twitter by FP Interrupted, and one of “42 awesome women you need in your life on Twitter” in 2013 by The Telegraph.

Leta has given a large number of talks about China and women at reputable institutions around the world. She is currently a Lecturer in the Division of Social Science, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Follow her on Twitter @letahong.

Our Comment

"Leta speaks with great authority on the structural discrimination against women, and how it is creating broader problems with China’s economy, politics and development. She explains how a combination of multiple factors - skyrocketing house prices, legal setbacks to married women’s property rights, a widening gender income gap, and a media campaign against unmarried “leftover” women - have contributed to a fall in status and material well-being of Chinese women relative to men. Leta is fluent in both Mandarin and English."


On China's "Leftover Women" (2014)


[youtube http://youtu.be/2A63_RopBEQ?t=1m58s]

Discussing the resurgence of gender inequalities in China (2014)



The social impacts of China ending its one-child policy (2015)


[youtube http://edition.cnn.com/videos/world/2015/10/30/china-one-child-policy-fincher-cnni-nr-intv.cnn/video/playlists/chinas-one-child-policy/]



Leftover Women: The Resurgence of Gender Inequality in China

Leftover Women debunks the popular myth that women have fared well as a result of post-socialist China’s economic reforms and breakneck growth. Laying out the structural discrimination against women in China will speak to broader problems with China’s economy, politics, and development.

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