Women in the new Taiwan : gender roles and gender consciousness in a changing society /
Catherine Farris, Anru Lee, Murray Rubinstein, editors.
Armonk, N.Y. : M.E. Sharpe, 2004.
xvi, 390 p.
0765608146 (alk. paper)
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Armonk, N.Y. : M.E. Sharpe, 2004.
0765608146 (alk. paper)
general note
"An East Gate book."
catalogue key
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Appeared in Choice on 2005-03-01:
This eclectic collection provides multiple perspectives on gender relations in Taiwan. Although some of the essays touch on earlier history, most discuss the 1980s and 1990s, after the liberalization of Taiwan's politics. Despite the title, several of the essays focus on men, including intriguing explorations of male carousing (with explicit comparisons to Japan) and the place of Viagra in Taiwanese culture. Many of the essays on women delve into the ties between work and family life in Taiwan. Two focus on culture, including a feminist critique of Edward Yang's film A Brighter Summer Day (1991), and a short history of Taiwanese feminist art. Coeditor Rubinstein discusses the early life of Taiwanese vice president Lu Hsiu-lien. In the historical section, Hsin-Yi Lu's essay on gender rhetoric in Taiwan during the Japanese occupation is likely to be particularly interesting to historians of gender and colonialism. The book concludes with a sprawling essay by coeditor Farris comparing the women's movements in Taiwan and the People's Republic of China. The quality of the essays is rather uneven, but those interested in understanding Taiwan better will find much of value in this collection. ^BSumming Up: Recommended. All levels/libraries. K. E. Stapleton University of Kentucky
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Bowker Data Service Summary
This work examines gender relations, the role of women in Chinese society, and issues related to women in China. The authors look at the roles that women play in Taiwan's contemporary work force and how the sexes perceive each other.
Unpaid Annotation
Taiwan's rapid socio-economic and political transformation has given rise to a gender-conscious middle class that is attempting to redefine the roles of women in society, to restructure relationship patterns, and to organize in groups outside the family unit. This book examines internal psychological processes and external societal processes as the feminist movement in Taiwan expands and new gender roles are explored. The contributors represent a cross section of different disciplines -- history, anthropology, and sociology -- and different generations of China/Taiwan scholars. They place the issues facings Taiwan's women's movement in social, political, and economic contexts.
Table of Contents
Gender in Historical Perspective
What Can Feminist Theory Do for the Study of Chinese History? A Brief Review of Scholarship in the United States
Sons and Mothers: Demographic Realities and the Chinese Culture of Hsiao
An Island of Beautiful Women: The Discourse on Gender in Ch'ing Travel Accounts of Taiwan
From Shanghai to Taipei: Exile and Identity
Imagining "New Women," Imagining Modernity: Gender Rhetoric in Colonial Taiwan
Gender and Social Interaction in Contemporary Taiwan
Between Filial Daughter and Loyal Sister: Global Economy and Family Politics in Taiwan
Internationalizing Women's Magazines in Taiwan
Should Women Get Equal Pay for Equal Work? Taiwanese Mens' Attitudes in 1963 and 1991
Carousing and Masculinity: The Cultural Production of Gender in Taiwan
The Blue Whirlwind Strikes Below the Belt: Male Sexuality, Gender Politics, and the Viagra Craze in Taiwan
Feminisms and Cultural Critique
Transcribing Feminism: Taiwanese Women's Experiences
Lu Hsiu-lien and the Origins of Taiwanese Feminism, 1944-77
The Story of Power and Desire: A Brighter Summer Day
Between Bosses and Workers: The Dilemma of a Keen Observer and a Vocal Feminist
Feminist Art in Taiwan: Textures of Reality and Dreams
Women's Liberation Under "East Asian Modernity in China and Taiwan: Historical, Social, and Comparative Prespectives
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