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Directory of 61+ Women English-language China Bloggers

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Elliot Ng has compiled a list at Bloggers of blogs written by expatriate women writing primarily in English about China. From his post:


Have you ever noticed that most English-language China blogs are written by men?  While the universe of women English China blogs may be smaller, these blogs add voices that may hint at the differences in experience between foreign men and women in China.  As a start, we compiled a directory of 48 61 women who blog about China primarily in English.  Most of these bloggers are currently in China but some are not.  The list also includes group blogs and anonymous blogs.

Preface, questions, and thanks

Last week, after my post about Eclectic China Blogs–offering an antidote to the “standard business and current affairs white-dude-in-China blogs”– an interesting blog and email conversation emerged between Adam Minter, Laurence Sheed, Fiona Lee, and myself about why there seem to be fewer women writing English-language blogs about China.

Do women bring a different and distinct voice to the English-language China blogosphere?  Why do expatriate men in China blog?  Do expatriate women blog for different reasons?  What do women choose to express that men do not?  And other way around?

I started to organize a list of English-language blogs about China written by women.  So first, thanks: this directory was compiled with the help of numerous people, including contributions from: James of iSpyShanghai, The Gal at Global Gal,  Diana Kuan of Appetite for China, Fiona Lee of quirkyBeijing, Adam Minter of Shanghai Scrap, and Rebekah Pothaar of and Shanghaiist5/5 Update: added a few from Joel Martinsen of and Chris Horton.

Among the various categories, still being developed by Ng, one finds three blogs listed as arts and culture focused, the first two of which focus on plastic fine arts (the third one is a theater blog):

arts and culture

Lee Ambrosy –
Katherine Don –
Elyse Ribbons –

In this forum, we may ask:

How do these women interpret the marginalization of female artists? Do they feel themselves on the fringes of the art scene, more so than an expatriated male might? Do they highlight female artists? How do they define the role of women in the arts in China?


Written by Andrea Descoteaux Hugg

May 5, 2009 at 2:44 PM

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  1. Andrea, I’d be pleased to add you blog to the list. Also, any other blogs of women in arts and culture that I could add? drop a comment on the post.

    Not sure I know what “plastic fine arts” mean…

    Nice to meet you.

    Elliott Ng

    May 31, 2009 at 5:07 AM

    • Thank you, Elliott! I’m flattered that you found my blog, and would be more than pleased to be included in your list.

      I’m afraid I don’t have any other blogs to recommend–this is part of why I was excited to see your collection. Female perspectives on China seem few and far between; and it’s important that this voice is rising. Thank you for assembling your list!

      There is one gallery that you may be interested in, and which I would love to know more about–it’s unfortunate to be on the western side of the Pacific sometimes. The 3/4 Gallery is at 9 Jiuxianqiao Nanlu, Chaoyang District, B-102, Landmark Crystal. It was opened by Li Wenzi as a platform for female artists. I haven’t been able to find it online, and I’m curious how it is weathering the global recession. Maybe one of the bloggers on your list knows it?

      By “plastic fine arts” I meant to refer to those fine arts that are tangible like photography as separate from the more ethereal fine arts like dance. I should admit that I approach these arts as a would-be social scientist, rather than an art critic, so it may not be a popular term.

      It is very nice to meet you as well. Thank you for being the first person to comment on this blog!!

      Andrea Descoteaux Hugg

      June 1, 2009 at 3:01 AM

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