Hong Huang: An Unconventional Woman’s Life—The Highborn “Ruffian”

  • Shenshen CaiEmail author


This chapter looks at the unconventional life journey of Hong Huang. With her bold appeal to contemporary Chinese women to act liberally regarding their love and sexual issues, Hong Huang deserves to be called a genuine “a highborn ruffian feminist.” As a female entrepreneur in the media industry and a feminist prose writer, Hong Huang is a beacon of light for the modern Chinese woman.


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  1. 1.Swinburne University of TechnologyHawthornAustralia

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