Leta Hong Fincher's book, Leftover Women: The Resurgence of Gender Inequality in China, was named one of the best Asian books of 2014 by Asia House, one of the top 5 China books of 2014 by ChinaFile, one of the best foreign policy books in 2014 by FP Interrupted, and one of the top 10 China books of 2014 by Time Out magazine. Leta is the first American to receive a PhD in Sociology from Tsinghua University in Beijing and she teaches at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. Follow her on Twitter @letahong.
More praise for "Leftover Women":
" 'Leftover Women' should carry a health warning: this book will severely raise your blood pressure. Leta Hong Fincher's subject - researched through statistical analysis, sociological surveys and extensive first-hand interviewing - is the toxic vitality of sexism in China today."" - The Guardian Book Review, by Julia Lovell
"A compelling piece of original research...Leta Hong Fincher, an American journalist-turned-academic, argues that the same party that pushed through the elevation of women's status in the 1950s is now trying to engineer their return to the kitchen." - The Economist Book Review
"Leta Hong Fincher's 'Leftover Women' offers a...chilling account of the pressures on Chinese strivers...One hopes that "Leftover Women" will soon be translated into Chinese, as it is likely to resonate deeply with urban educated women. It seems the party has forgotten the Mao-era dictum: 'Women Hold Up Half the Sky'." - New York Times Book Review, by Judith Shapiro
"A powerful -- and provocative -- argument that China's female shortage, far from empowering women, has actually resulted in a situation where urban women's rights are increasingly imperiled....It's 'Backlash', China-style, on a scale Susan Faludi never envisioned, touching the lives of 650 million women, almost a fifth of all the women in the world." - L.A. Review of Books, by Mei Fong
"In this commanding book Hong Fincher argues that China's international image, celebrating the increasing education and wealth of its women, masks an alarming slide back towards deep gender inequality - and that the very education and wealth of Chinese women is being used against them...Hong Fincher pulls no punches in her excoriation of this injustice, and yet her book is accessible and fascinating - an important work for scholars as well as those wishing to broaden their understanding."
- Feminist and Women's Studies Association (UK & Ireland) Book Review by Carina Hart
"Gender relations, in many ways so much more advanced in China than in India, are going backwards as traditions that were seemingly flattened by Mao re-emerge" - Financial Times Book Review, by David Pilling
"A timely, rich and intricately written book on gender equality in China" - The Telegraph, by Marta Cooper
"A must-read for anyone interested in the modern condition of Chinese women"
- South China Morning Post Book Review by Joanna Chiu
"[Hong Fincher] demonstrates how discrimination against women can be subtle, almost invisible, yet devastating in its outcomes" - Grist Media Book Review by Pallavi Aiyar
"Leta Hong Fincher's hotly anticipated book, Leftover Women: The Resurgence of Gender Inequality in China...is a timely, thought-provoking read for anyone interested in either China, gender or both" - Libertine Book Review
"Gender oppression...results from multiple forces -- economic, social, political; micro and macro -- working in concert. LEFTOVER WOMEN's greatest achievement is in conveying these manifold intricacies." - Bookforum Book Review by Audrea Lim