Dr. Kailing Xie is Teaching Fellow in Gender and International Development. She is also Course Director for PAIS GSD Joint Degree.
She joined PAIS from University of York, where she completed her PhD. Her work explores the role of gender in contemporary Chinese governance. Her PhD Thesis adopts a feminist approach to understanding how gender affects the lives of China’s urban privileged only-daughters. Her broader research interests include feminist approaches to social justice, identity politics, and race and nationalism in contemporary China.
She has written short pieces including "A Fulfilled Life? Young Mothers Under the Two-Child Policy'' on WAGIC and “‘Her China Dream’: The Aspiration of China’s Privileged Daughters” on Discover Society. She was invited to speak about Chinese women and the two-child policy at the Southbank Centre, London and WOW Women of the World Festival 2018.
She was awarded the 2017 Early Career Researcher Prize by the British Association for Chinese Studies for her article ‘Premarital abortion, what is the harm? The Responsibilisation of women’s pregnancy among China’s ‘privileged’ daughters’.
Kailing has recently won the Warwick University's City of Culture Award 2019-2020 to work on her project Making Alien-land Home-land ’且认他乡作故乡’: A Visual documentation of Chinese communities in Coventry
This project is designed to find the lost voices and faces of Chinese people living in Coventry, their life stories in the city and beyond, especially their sense of identity and belonging(s). Through presenting a visual exhibition as a result of this project, it promotes cross-cultural understanding of different ethnic groups in Coventry. Throughout China’s long history, poets, writers and literati alike have written numerous essays and poems lamenting the emotional agony experienced as a result of the physical separation of the lonely wanderer ‘游子’from their homeland‘家乡’. The very concept of home, ‘jia’ 家is deep rooted in Chinese cultural’ s understanding of one’s sense of belonging and relations to those around them. ‘Jiaxiang’ 家乡 (hometown), the collective entity consists of various families living in one geographical location, contains the basic recognition of one’s identity and reflects the embryonic understanding of one’s relationship to the wider society. Within this cultural framework, analysing the key anchors of belonging and understanding of ‘home’ at both individual and societal levels helps to reveal people’s senses of obligation and responsibility to that particular place and its people. Consequently, the project has the potential to facilitate grassroots activities that would bring benefits to the local communities, forging links and building partnerships that improve the lived experience of the people and create social cohesion in the city.
For this project, we would like to collect both visual and textual materials related to different migration routes of ethnic Chinese to the city and the communities’ intergenerational development, as well as your interactions with other local communities. Taking ‘food’ as a shared cultural memory and artefact as an entry point for further investigation, we would like to invite you to share with us the role of food in shaping your life experiences, creating collective memories, forging connections between people and places, as well as restructuring individual’s’ subjective sense of belonging and tackling issues related to ageing and loneliness as a member of an ethnic minority group in the city.
By the end of the project, we will organise an exhibition in Coventry in summer 2020 to tell the hidden stories from Chinese communities in the city, our ‘home buildings processes’ in an ‘alien land’, focusing on our sense of (dis)belonging in the city through the angle of food. If you are interested participating this project, please contact Kailing for more information.
Xie, K. (2018). Premarital Abortion—What is the Harm? The Responsibilisation of Women’s Pregnancy Among China’s “Privileged” Daughters. the British Journal of Chinese Studies, vol. 8 (1), Jan 2018: 1-31.(ECR Prize by BACS)
Xie, K. (2019). The Naturalisation of Motherhood Within Marriage and its Implications for Chinese Academic Women. the British Journal of Chinese Studies, vol. 9 (1), Jan 2019: 59-84.
Chasing happiness: The role of marriage in the aspiration of success among China’s middle class women in the edited collection of Romantic relationships in a time of cold intimacies”’ by J. Carter & L. Arocha. Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan in the Family and Intimate Life series, 2020.
- Monograph: Embodying Middle Class Gender Aspirations: Perspectives from China’s Privileged Young Women by Palgrave Macmillan in the Gender, Sexualities and Culture in Asia series, 2021.
- Privileged Daughters? Gendered mobility among highly educated Chinese female migrants in the UK, Social Inclusion, June 2020.
Kailing’s Twitter: @joykailingxie