Leftover in China by Roseann Lake

Leftover in China

Forty years ago, China enacted the one-child policy, only recently relaxed. Among many other unintended consequences, it resulted in both an enormous gender imbalance—with a predicted twenty million more men than women of marriage age by 2020—and China’s first generations of only-daughters. Given the resources normally reserved for boys, these girls were pushed to study, excel in college, and succeed in careers, as if they were sons.Now liv...

Details Leftover in China

TitleLeftover in China
Release DateFeb 13th, 2018
PublisherW. W. Norton Company
GenreNonfiction, Cultural, China, History, Feminism

Reviews Leftover in China

  • Adrienne
    Despite my interest in the subject, I will not be touching this book. Unintentionally or otherwise, it erases the groundbreaking contributions in this field made by Leta Hong Fincher, whose public writing on this subject has been available since 2011 and whose own book, Leftover Women: The Resurgence of Gender Inequality in China - which Lake fails to cite in her bibliography, despite exchanging numerous e-mails and soliciting ideas and "thoughts...
  • Sigrid-marianella
    Having seen the leftover monologues staged in Beijing in 2014 I have been eagerly waiting for this book to be released and to get to know these awe-inspiring women better.This book follows the personal stories of a handful of so-called “leftover” women, revealing that unlike what their label suggests, these women are fierce and unstoppable despite living in a society that discriminates women. The personal stories are interwoven with interesti...
  • Angela Kelly
    I was fascinated by this book. I've always been intrigued by the Chinese attitude towards education, and wondered what my life would have been like if I'd been born there. I was thinking of the positives of such a rigorous education system, and had no clue at all about the societal pressures to marry. In fact, I had assumed that with the gender imbalance it would be relatively easy for a woman to find a partner.Roseann Lake does a great job at in...
  • Susan
    I bought this book after reading all the controversy over it, so wanted to see for myself what it was all about. I quickly figured it wasn’t like Leta Hong Fincher’s book, the other book it’s been compared to. I’ll review hers later this month. For Lake’s book, I thought it flowed well and it kept my attention throughout. It was a little lite in some parts (body waxing in China anyone?) and I found some mistakes (Prime Minister Yew of S...
  • Diana Baquero
    In addition to providing a socioeconomic analysis of the value and contributions of women in the Chinese economy, Lake beautifully conveys the nuanced experiences of "leftover" women in China who are navigating restrictive and unequal gender norms while trying to balance their personal and professional priorities. It highlights the hidden short and long term implications of excluding women from development processes in China as well as other coun...
  • Jonathan Yu
    I recognize that as a man, I cannot testify to experiencing this for myself so let’s get that out of the way. I also recognize that I’m an outsider to the mainland, but then again so is the author. With all that being said this is an okay book that most deeply focuses on a very specific group of people - college educated urban elite women with dating issues. I can only believe this is a trend because the authors friends attest to it. I can re...
  • B. Cheng
    As an expat living in China for over 10 years and with a lot of Chinese friends, much of what is in this book didn't come as a surprise and the reasons and issues faced by the "leftover" women were all very familiar. For someone who isn't familiar with the issue, this book will serve as a good introduction, but it relies heavily on anecdotal stories and a few people the author befriends and feels limited in its research.That said, I did find some...
  • ❇Critterbee
    This is a very interesting and eye-opening read about the amazing women in China who have widely achieved an unprecedented level of ass-kickingly professional success. These brilliant, successful, highly educated women are almost running the country, and are propelling China forward towards a bright future. However, traditional cultural belief in the importance of marriage and procreation are at war with modern gender roles and expectations. Thes...
  • Margaret Sankey
    The gender imbalance caused by the one-child policy in China is well known , but it is way more complicated than that. Urban couples who accepted girls as their only children poured resources into their upbringing, resulting in highly educated, globally sophisticated women who are still expected to marry up. Rural families who selectively had boys had far fewer resources while prizing traditional values like their sons staying put and marrying do...
  • BillBaba
    A page turner. Don't want to put it down. Well organized, entertaining, enlightening and leaves you wanting a sequel to see how the lives of the circle of friends develop. Reminds me of Peter Hessler's narratives of an expat's life in China. Lots of detail tied to forces (family members - and prospective family member - as well as rules and laws) that are beyond the individual's control, and various approaches to dealing with them. Some reviewers...
  • Marina Martin
    It was a fascinating read, a really well written book! Kept me interested from the beginning to the end. A delightful insight on the female reality in contemporary China. For someone like me, who gets bored very quickly when reading non fictional books, it was great. I loved all four stories portrayed and would recommend it to anyone who wants to learn a little more about China, which has been my second home for several years.
  • Ines
    I'm not a big non fiction reader, but I was fascinated by this book. I knew very little on this subject, so I learned a lot. Lake does a great job explaining how life is for young chinese women. She does this with many first hand experiences which made it even more enjoyable. Easy to read with fun anecdotes and lot of new information for me to ponder over. I got an e-copy from the publisher via Edelweiss, thank you.
  • Ellie
    Very insightful book ! I knew the situation of so called leftover women was not good, but this book makes me realise that some of these women are able to live life at the fullest despite their parents will and society pressure. The book tells the story of a number of clever and ambitious women. Those testimonies are all very interesting and let the reader learns about an other side of China.
  • Cravelit
    A compelling well written and documented account of the challenges and benefits that China's first generations of urban only-daughters encountered as a result of the one-child policy. It is filled with witty anecdotes and historical facts. A thoroughly enjoyable and enlightening read.
  • Richard
    ** didn't finish **Didn't finish this book, but found it to be rubbish. It is the author's ' generalizations ' of what Chinese woman are, want, etc. to be untrue, especially coming from a non-chinese person.
  • Johnxenak
    Phenomenal window into the female experience in modern China. The story is told through humor, wit, and fascinating insights. A must-read for any Sinophiles.