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By Ochiai Emiko

Winner of the 2014 selection notable educational identify Award This e-book contains contributions from a special crew of foreign researchers who study the ancient improvement of "new ladies" and "good spouse, clever mother," women's roles in socialist and transitional modernity and the transnational migration of either family and intercourse employees in addition to other halves.

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00 20-29 30-39 40-49 50-59 60-69 (Age) Fig. ’ Average level of agreement by age group; the higher the number, the greater agreement. (Iwai and Kubota 2009: 21). phenomenon that Chinese are the most pro-gender equality for the over50 age group, but for below 40, they are the least (See Figs. 2; Iwai and Kubota, 2009). The current changes follow the changes in the discourses regarding China’s history. Since its initial praising of “women holding half the sky,” the liberation of women during the peak of socialism has come to be often seen as a discourse that hurts women by giving them a double burden.

10 After the change to a socialist market economy when the Doi Moi policy was selected in 1986, privatization increased and the family became important as an economic unit, with women having an important role in contributing to the household economy. Women also started moving into commerce as a way to counter the personnel reductions in state-run enterprises. As there were cuts in state benefits for education and medicine, the role of women increased to fill this deficiency. The rapidly rising middle class was required to meet the rational and scientific standards of the modern nuclear family, such as nutrition, hygiene, economic discipline, childbirth limitations, good child-rearing, and so on, but these were just what the reformers in the 1920s had proposed (Pettus 2003: 9 In the West and Japan, the “Second Wave Feminism” in the 1960s and 1970s was when the gender gap was re-examined in its essence, but China never experienced this.

Sometimes a women in Japan as an entertainer will marry a Japanese man. One Filipina woman who is now wife to a Japanese man joked that “when I was young, I took care of male customers. Then I married and took care of my husband. ” She is now a care worker in an elderly-care institution. This is a very apt phrase for describing the state in receiving countries for Asian women, who are unable to escape from intimate work even when their situation changes.  Structure of this Book This book is divided into three sections.

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