Poetry Leads To Execution

China’s first feminist — Qiu Jin

Reuben Salsa
Sep 18, 2020 · 5 min read
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Crystal Huang Yi plays Qiu Jin in the film The Woman Knight of Mirror Lake. Source AP

A handful of villagers watched in horror as Qiu Jin was brutally executed. Beheaded at the age of 31 in her home village of Shanyin after she was charged with the crime of writing two inflammatory poems. Her death shocked the nation.

A life coerced

Time to move

“Don’t tell me women are not the stuff of heroes.” — Qiu Jin

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Qiu Jin. Image source public domain

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