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Introduction

Edited by Helen F. Siu

in Merchants' Daughters

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print June 2010 | ISBN: 9789622099692
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882207189 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5790/hongkong/9789622099692.003.0001
Introduction

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This chapter is concerned with the study of Chinese women using materials from South China to illuminate the junctures of history, gender subjectivities, and power play. It examines the significations and implications of women's positioning that arose from the intense commercialization that was characteristic of the region from the late imperial to the post-reform periods. It focuses on three significant historical junctures in the region's transformation: local self-fashioning in the Ming and Qing dynasties; trade, empire, emigration, and reform in colonial Hong Kong and Republican South China; and postwar decades.

Keywords: Chinese women; gender; positioning; historical junctures; Ming dynasty; Qing dynasty; trade; emigration; reform; postwar decades

Chapter.  8863 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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