Marriage Resistance in Rural Kwangtung

Marjorie Topley

Edited by Jean DeBernardi

in Cantonese Society in Hong Kong and Singapore

Published by Hong Kong University Press

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9789888028146
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9789882206663 | DOI:
Marriage Resistance in Rural Kwangtung

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Women all over Kwangtung traditionally worked outside their home, and by this century women in other provinces were also working in cash-earning occupations. However, marriage resistance remained unique to one small area. In the last twenty years, however, a few social scientists have interviewed women from the resistance area who had emigrated to Hong Kong and Singapore. The interviews conducted by Ho It Chong, a former social work student at the University of Singapore, are of particular value. This chapter describes the physical environment and its effect on the local economy and culture. It then tries to isolate local factors that helped generate the resistance, encouraged the particular forms it took, and perpetuated its existence. Finally, it looks at changes in the area and elsewhere that may have contributed to the movement's decline.

Keywords: Kwangtung; marriage resistance; Hong Kong; Singapore; Ho It Chong; physical environment; local economy

Chapter.  10669 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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