City of Working Women selected for CALA 2011 Best Books List

City of Working Women book cover

We at IEAS publications are proud to announce that City of Working Women: Life, Space, and Social Control in Early Twentieth-Century Beijing (China Research Monograph 64) has been selected by the Chinese American Librarians Association for the CALA 2011 Best Books List. It is among one of three chosen in its category, Academic Books. The honor is a wonderful tribute to the author, Professor Weikun Cheng of California State University, Chico, who passed tragically in 2007, before the publication of his book.

A recent review of the book in The China Journal reads, in part: Cheng's "empirical work is exquisitely nuanced in the multi-layered dimensions of its examination of working women's living and working spaces.... Cheng emphasizes from the outset that 'public spaces can be seen as social, not physical, territories' (p. 9), and in this regard his book is commendable in its meticulous deployment of a broad range of materials.... Taken as a whole, this book complements our understanding of Chinese women's history and provides new insights into life in Beijing during a period of rapid social and political change. Cheng's work will be useful to feminist scholars and historians of modern China, with its comprehensive coverage of working women's lives and their connections with urban public spaces"
—Zhang Yun, University of Hong Kong

The entire review may be found on JSTOR here.