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Congratulations to Jan Bardsley, Chair and Associate Professor of the Department of Asian Studies at UNC, on receiving this year’s Hiratsuka Raicho Prize for distinguished contributions to studies of Japanese women, especially for her book The Bluestockings of Japan: New Women Fiction and Essays from Seito, 1911-1916 (Center for Japanese Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, 2007). The Hiratsuka Raicho Prize was created to spotlight research and activities that promote world peace through gender equality and women’s emancipation and is also designed to draw the attention of younger generations to the work and message of Raicho, a pioneering leader of feminist, consumer, and peace movements for six decades until her death in 1971.

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