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Reading Group: for daughter(s) that are yet to be born

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Ricefield Arts Library Room

Room 124, Baltic Chambers, Floor 1

50 Wellington Street

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G2 6HJ

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A reading group discussing the hidden voices of Chinese womxn.

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Ricefield Arts Chinese Library is delighted to invite artist and curator, Katherine Ka Yi Liu to lead our first reading group "for daughter(s) that are yet to be born". Liu focuses her research-led practice on sociolinguistic constructions of diasporic identities and the conflicts within the politics of power, gender and race.

Currently, Liu is also a committee at Transmission Gallery, Glasgow.

In this reading group, she would like to explore and discuss texts by Xinran. Xinran's writings reveal hidden stories and unheard voices of Chinese womxn and addresses issues that they were/are facing on a daily basis, such as infanticide, son-preference, suppression of sexuality, homosexuality, and the sexism embedded in Chinese culture and society.

In "Miss Chopsticks", Xinran explores the uneasy relationship between Chinese "migrant workers" and the cities they flock to. The reformation of the economic system in China is changing - womxn was once a disposable burden, but now they can now take on jobs in cities, such as being a waitress, masseuse, factory line workers and cleaners. They started to bring bundles of cash home. Their income has earned them unprecedented resect from patriarchal villages, as well as gaining the respect and hearts of city dwellers.

The reading group provide a safe platform to experience these texts collectively and exchange our experiences through discussion. The reading group will end with a few breathing exercises in hoping to slowly begin our generative healing journey. Selected texts will be provided. All are welcome.

Our Chinese library collection is donated by our Glasgow community including books of Xinran, it is a lending library that opens every Wednesday, home to an intricate selection of classics, books on Chinese art and culture, billingual material, language learning etc, find out more here.

This event is supported by Climate Challenge Fund and Book Week Scotland.

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Ricefield Arts Library Room

Room 124, Baltic Chambers, Floor 1

50 Wellington Street

Glasgow

G2 6HJ

United Kingdom

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