Lihong Shi F'11, F'09, F'08

Lihong  Shi
Associate Professor
Anthropology
Case Western Reserve University

ACLS New Faculty Fellows Program 2011
New Faculty Fellow
Anthropology
Washington University in St. Louis
PhD, Anthropology, Tulane University appointed in Anthropology at Washington University

Dissertation: "Embracing a Singleton-Daughter: An Emerging Transition of Reproductive Choice in Rural Northeast China"

Mellon/ACLS Recent Doctoral Recipients Fellowships 2009
Anthropology
Tulane University
“Little Quilted Vests to Warm Parents’ Hearts”: Transforming Reproductive Choice in Rural Northeast China
For residence at the Heyman Center for the Humanities, Columbia University

Based on ethnographic fieldwork, this project explores an emerging transition of reproductive choice in rural Northeast China where a substantial number of peasant couples have willingly embraced a singleton-daughter (one child, a daughter), rather than take advantage of the modified birth-control policy that allows them a second child if their first child is a girl. Such a transformation of reproductive choice is closely related to the shift of gendered practice of old-age support, weakened dedication to the patrilineage, women’s empowerment, and the rise of the nuclear family in rural China. This project calls attention to the transformation of reproductive choice in the interplay of state intervention, cultural change, the impact of the market economy, and the empowerment of women.

Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowships 2008
Doctoral Candidate
Anthropology
Tulane University
“Little Quilted Vests to Warm Parents’ Hearts”: Transforming Reproductive Choice in Rural Northeast China

Based on seventeen months of ethnographic fieldwork in rural Northeast China, this project explores the socio-cultural and economic underpinnings of the gendered transformation of reproductive choice in general, and changes of Confucian ethics of filial piety in particular. The research reveals that a substantial number of peasant couples in China have willingly embraced a singleton-daughter (one child, a daughter) rather than take advantage of the modified birth-control policy that allows a second child if their first birth produced a girl. Correspondingly, the male-oriented ideal of filial piety has been undermined by an increasingly intimate bond between parents and daughters in both emotional and economic arenas.