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Leta Hong Fincher


Leta Hong Fincher 洪理达 is author of the critically acclaimed book, Leftover Women: The Resurgence of Gender Inequality in China (Zed, 2014). Leta’s book was named one of the top 5 China books of 2014 by the Asia Society’s ChinaFile, one of the best foreign policy books in 2014 by FP Interrupted and one of the best Asian books of 2014 by Asia House. Leftover Women was also named on Verso and New Left Review’s list of favorite books to read for International Women’s Day in 2016.

Leta regularly speaks to news organizations such as CNN, BBC, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal and The Economist on the subject of women and feminism in China. She has written for the New York Times, The Guardian, Dissent Magazine, Ms. Magazine, BBC, CNN and others. She is the recipient of the Society of Professional Journalists Sigma Delta Chi award for television feature reporting. Fluent in Mandarin, Leta is the first American to receive a Ph.D. from Tsinghua University’s Department of Sociology in Beijing. She also has a master’s degree from Stanford University and a bachelor’s degree with high honors from Harvard University. Leta was a Mellon Visiting Assistant Professor at Columbia University and is currently a Lecturer at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Her next book is on the feminist awakening in China, published by Verso.