Delia Davin, English pioneer of Chinese women's studies, Died at 72

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Delia Davin was born on June 9, 1944, and died on October 13, 2016.

She was a writer and lecturer on Chinese society and particularly Chinese women’s stories.

Davin was one of the first foreign scholars to consider the impact of the policies of the Chinese Communist Party on women.

During 1975 Davin returned to China and worked as a translator for the Foreign Languages Press, a position arranged for her by her friends Gladys Yang and Yang Xianyi, who were also translators.

Davin returned to England and took a position as a lecturer in the Department of Economics and Related Studies at the University of York.

While she was there, she contributed to the founding of York’s Centre for Women’s Studies.

During 1988 she moved to the University of Leeds, where she taught Chinese history and social studies.

Davin also held positions at Leeds as Head of the Department of East Asian Studies and Deputy Head of the School of Modern Languages and Cultures.

Besides her university work, she also served as President of the British Association for Chinese Studies, a member of the China Panel of the British Academy, and a member of the Executive Council of the Universities’ China Committee in London.

During 2004 Davin retired and became an Emeritus Professor of Chinese Studies at the University of Leeds.

Delia Davin passed away at 72 years old.

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