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Changing Attitudes in Modern China: Women’s Education

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Title: Changing Attitudes in Modern China: Women’s Education
Authors: Ling, Flora
Advisor: Lamley, Harry
Issue Date: 26 Sep 2014
Publisher: University of Hawaii at Manoa
Abstract: Traditional China has impressed many students with its changelessness; it has over 2,000 years of continuous; stable civilization. The superiority of Chinese culture was never so seriously challenged as to necessitate fundamental change. However, Western contact began a period of disturbance that ended this traditional order. China was forced to face her weaknesses or slip away into extinction. During this transitional period, beginning in the last half of the nineteenth and continuing into the first half of the twentieth century, an entire civilization was transformed to meet the Western threat. The modernization of Chinese education was part of this revolution and reflected other reforms of the period. Changes in education meant altering the very character of China; it was too closely related to the fabric of Chinese life not to affect all parts of Chinese culture. Thus, a study of Chinese education would offer insights to the transformation of Chinese society as a whole. The study of women's education offers a unique view of China’s transformation into a modern state. Women not only faced the problems encountered by educational reforms, but those brought about by the traditional, conservative role of women in Chinese society. The astounding changes in the status of women is reflected in the development of women's education. This paper is an attempt to cover the transformation from the traditional wife and mother to a partner in the struggle to modernize a nation. The problems of women's education are typical for this century of reform, how to convert traditional attitudes to modern ones.
Pages/Duration: 37 pages
URI/DOI: http://hdl.handle.net/10125/33839
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