Gender and Change in Hong Kong
224 pages, 6 1/4 x 9 1/4
7 tables, 1 illustration
Release Date:01 Jan 2004
Release Date:23 Aug 2003
Release Date:01 Oct 2007

Gender and Change in Hong Kong

Globalization, Postcolonialism, and Chinese Patriarchy

UBC Press

The 1980s and 1990s represent a critical historical juncture forHong Kong, as it underwent important social, political, and economictransformations. This period of transition, during which the stateworked to redefine itself, significantly altered the role and status ofHong Kong women. Colonial modernity, which arose through theintegration of the colonial state, the capitalist economy, and the HongKong Chinese society, proved favourable for some women but also hadadverse consequences for others. It constructed women of differentclass interests and shaped the gendered citizenship of its colonialsubjects.

Gender and Change in Hong Kong analyzes women’schanging identities and agencies amidst the complex interaction ofthree important forces, namely, globalization, postcolonialism, andChinese patriarchy. The chapters examine the issues from a number ofperspectives to consider legal changes, political participation, thesituation of working-class and professional women, sexuality, religion,and international migration.

This incisive volume offers sophisticated theoretical discussionsand original empirical findings, and will appeal to a wide range ofscholars and students in gender and women’s studies,postcolonialism, globalization, and Asian studies.

This is overall an insightful collection of essays. Maria N. Ng, Canadian Literature, Spring 2006
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. Hans Yeung, University of Hong Kong, China Review International, Fall 2004
Eliza W.Y. Lee is an associate professor in theDepartment of Government and Public Administration at The ChineseUniversity of Hong Kong.


1. Introduction: Gender and Change in Hong Kong / Eliza W.Y.Lee

2. Engendering a Legal System: The Unique Challenge of PostcolonialHong Kong / Carole J. Petersen

3. Women’s Activism during Hong Kong’s PoliticalTransition / Lisa Fischler

4. Individualism and Patriarchy: The Identity of EntrepreneurialWomen Lawyers in Hong Kong / Eliza W.Y. Lee

5. Withering Away of the Hong Kong Dream? Women Workers underIndustrial Restructuring / Stephen Wing-Kai Chiu and Ching-KwanLee

6. Discourse on Baau Yih Naai (Keeping Concubines): Questions ofCitizenship and Identity in Postcolonial Hong Kong / Ka-MingWu

7. Negotiating Gender Identity: Postcolonialism and Hong KongChristian 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

Notes on Contributors


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