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UH West O'ahu philosophy professor publishes articles and book review

University of Hawaiʻi-West Oʻahu
Julie Funasaki Yuen, (808) 454-4870
Public Information Officer, University of Hawaii - West Oahu
Posted: Oct 19, 2011

Dr. Li-Hsiang Lisa Rosenlee
Dr. Li-Hsiang Lisa Rosenlee
UH West O‘ahu’s Dr. Li-Hsiang Lisa Rosenlee recently published articles and a book review on the topics of feminism and Confucianism.
Her provocative short article, “How Do We Beat the ‘Bitch’?” was published in the anthology Beyond Burning Bras: Feminist Activism for Everyone eds. Laura Finley and Emily Reynolds Stringer (Praeger, April 2010). The article begins with a reflection on the “bitch” name calling as applied to Senator Hillary Clinton during the highly contested 2008 Presidential primary, and ends with a call for solidarity among women of all stripes, so that gender-based oppression racial boundaries can be overcome.
Dr. Rosenlee also published “A Feminist Appropriation of Confucianism” in the anthology, Confucianism in Context: Classic Philosophy and Contemporary Issues, East Asia and Beyond eds. Wonsuk Chang and Leah Kalmanson (State University of New York Press, Dec. 2010). The article provides a positive intersection of Confucian ethics and feminism, so as to formulate hybrid feminist ethics within the Confucian framework.
Dr. Rosenlee’s invited book review in the Journal of Chinese Philosophy’s 2009 special issue on Femininity and Feminism: Chinese and Contemporary was published in the top-tier refereed journal, Hypatia: A Journal of Feminist Philosophy, in May 2011. The book review reflects on the ongoing exclusion of non-Western philosophy from the mainstream feminist community, where non-Western intellectual tradition is seen as antithetical to feminism.
Li-Hsiang Lisa Rosenlee is an associate professor of Philosophy at UH West O‘ahu. Her research areas of interest are Chinese philosophy, ethics and feminism. She is the author of Confucianism and Women: A Philosophical Interpretation (Albany, New York: State University of New York Press, 2006) and published numerous journal articles, including “Neiwai, Civility, and Gender Distinctions,” Asian Philosophy 14:1 (March 2004, “What Is It about ‘Bitch’ that Makes Us Laugh?” Peace Review: A Transnational Quarterly 10:4 (Dec. 1998), and “Ricoeur’s Hermeneutics of the Self and Its Aporia,” International Studies in Philosophy 30:2 (1998).
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