The 1980s and 1990s represent a critical historical juncture for Hong Kong, as it underwent important social, political, and economic transformations. This period of transition, during which the state worked to redefine itself, significantly altered the role and status of Hong Kong women. Colonial modernity, which arose through the integration of the colonial state, the capitalist economy, and the Hong Kong Chinese society, proved favourable for some women but also had adverse consequences for others. It constructed women of different class interests and shaped the gendered citizenship of its colonial subjects.
Gender and Change in Hong Kong analyzes women’s changing identities and agencies amidst the complex interaction of three important forces, namely, globalization, postcolonialism, and Chinese patriarchy. The chapters examine the issues from a number of perspectives to consider legal changes, political participation, the situation of working-class and professional women, sexuality, religion, and international migration.
This incisive volume offers sophisticated theoretical discussions and original empirical findings, and will appeal to a wide range of scholars and students in gender and women’s studies, postcolonialism, globalization, and Asian studies.
This book is an important contribution to gender and change in Hong Kong, which is, in the words of the editor, ‘theoretically informed and grounded in concrete historical situations (p. vii). This multi-perspective, well-researched, and clearly written volume will be an important reference for researchers and students of political science, history, and sociology interested in gender issues in Hong Kong.
This is overall an insightful collection of essays.
1. Introduction: Gender and Change in Hong Kong / Eliza W.Y. Lee
2. Engendering a Legal System: The Unique Challenge of Postcolonial Hong Kong / Carole J. Petersen
3. Women’s Activism during Hong Kong’s Political Transition / Lisa Fischler
4. Individualism and Patriarchy: The Identity of Entrepreneurial Women Lawyers in Hong Kong / Eliza W.Y. Lee
5. Withering Away of the Hong Kong Dream? Women Workers under Industrial Restructuring / Stephen Wing-Kai Chiu and Ching-Kwan Lee
6. Discourse on Baau Yih Naai (Keeping Concubines): Questions of Citizenship and Identity in Postcolonial Hong Kong / Ka-Ming Wu
7. Negotiating Gender Identity: Postcolonialism and Hong Kong Christian Women / Wai-Ching Wong
8. Empowering Mobility: "Astronaut" Women in Australia / Siumi Maria Tam
9. Prospects for the Development of a Critical Feminist Discourse / Eliza W.Y. Lee
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