Yifan Cai is a PhD Candidate at the Graduate School of Geography at Clark University. Her research interests include political economy, South-South development, and sustainability. Her dissertation analyses innovation in a South-South setting in the case of the shanzhai mobile industry from the production and consumption sides, as well as from comparative-institutional and cultural-postcolonial perspectives.

Confronting Sexual Harassment in the Field

This essay sheds light on gendered violence negotiated by researchers conducting fieldwork in China. It examines coping and resistance strategies employed by female researchers, and analyses how the female researcher’s body is disciplined in a hetero-patriarchal setting. Linking gendered field experience to the #MeToo movement in China, the essay discusses the role of academics in feminist movements and the implications for the broader civil rights issues in the Chinese context.

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