Graduation Year


Date of Submission


Document Type

Campus Only Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


Asian Studies

Reader 1

Chelsea Zi Wang

Reader 2

Zhiru Ng


In the early and mid-1930s, a new native dress called qipao dominated the closets of urban young women in China. In 1934, the Nationalist Government issued a clothing law that banned women from wearing fashionable dresses, jewelry, and high-heels. Through analyzing photographs and opinion pieces, his thesis looks at how the readers and contributors of Linglong, an immensely popular women’s magazine at the time, communicated and debated these two major changes taking place in the fashion scene. The Linglong community, made up of mostly females, used the magazine as a space to foster common femininity among urban women, to scrutinize the clothing law, and to negotiate and push for greater freedom in clothing choices.

This thesis is restricted to the Claremont Colleges current faculty, students, and staff.