Wei Shuang

PhD Candidate, National University of Singapore

Wei Shuang was an English major in the Department of Foreign Languages at Harbin Engineering University (HEU) from 2009 to 2013 under the supervision of Associate Professor Mao Yansheng and obtained her Bachelor of Arts from HEU in 2013. Her BA thesis “A Study on Identity Crisis in ‘Araby’ from the Perspective of Iconicity” received the HEU Excellent Thesis award. She joined the Institute of Foreign Linguistics and Applied Linguistics at Peking University in 2013, and obtained her Master of Arts in 2016. Her MA thesis was titled “A Gender Study of Interactional Strategies in Marital Conflict Talk” and was directed by Professor Hu Zhuanglin.

Why should we shave the heads of female medical staff? (Weibo)

How women are used as a propaganda tool in the Covid-19 epidemic

A nurse who just had a miscarriage was praised for returning to the medical front line; the word “period” (menstruation) was omitted from broadcast subtitles and in newspaper reports; while nurses sat in tears as their heads were shaved. Closet feminist Wei Shuang can’t help but blow her cover with recent portrayals of women in the media glorifying gender stereotypes. She seconds the view that women need respect, not empty praise. 
Wuhan skyscrapers are wrapped in motivational slogans to rally the people together in the fight against the 2019-nCoV. (Xinhua)

Just back from China, Wei Shuang says "May the force be with us"

Graduate student Wei Shuang returned to her hometown in Hebei province for the Chinese New Year holidays, only to land in the eye of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus storm. She shares her personal experience, from the inside.
My family reunion dinner at Fengnan, Tangshan, Hebei Province. (Photo: Wei Shuang)

[Chinese New Year Special] Food changes, and so does the world

There was a time when “fatty” and “oily” were signs of prosperity. Young academic Wei Shuang reminisces that gone are the days of fighting over the last meatball as the post-80s and post-90s generation Chinese become more wealthy. But with material abundance comes emptiness. Is it harder to be happy? The realities of Chinese life hit home as the Spring Festival draws near.
One Child Nation documentary poster. (One Child Nation/Facebook)

A Chinese woman's status and the one-child policy

Wei Shuang notes that gender-skewed policies such as the one-child policy have far-reaching consequences and often produce unexpected outcomes. Social issues will persist if we continue to ignore the warning signs given by those who bear the brunt of such policies.
30 couples tie the knot on 11 November 2019 at Guangzhou, wearing traditional Chinese wedding gowns. The picture shows the groom unveiling his bride. (CNS)

No bride price, no marriage in China

The practice of commoditising marriage through a “bride price” to be paid by the Chinese groom has grown to incredible proportions in recent years, especially in the rural areas of China. Untenable financial burdens aside, this practice is not doing women’s push for gender equality any favours.