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Merchants' daughters : women, commerce, and regional culture in South China

Author: Helen F Siu
Publisher: Hong Kong : Hong Kong University Press ; London : Eurospan [distributor], 2010.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Helen F Siu
ISBN: 9789622099692 9622099696 9789888083480 9888083481
OCLC Number: 506253101
Description: 375 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: Women's images reconstructed: the sisters-in-law tomb and its legend / Liu Zhiwei --
Images of mother: the place of women in South China / David Faure --
"What alternative do you have, sixth aunt?--Woman and marriage in Cantonese ballads / May-bo Ching --
Women's work and women's food in lineage land / Wing-hoi Chan --
Stepping out? Women in the Chaoshan emigrant communities, 1850-1950 / Chi-cheung Choi --
Abandoned into prosperity: women on the fringe of expatriate society / Carl T. Smith --
The Eurasian way of being a Chinese woman: Lady Clara Ho Tung and Buddhism in prewar Hong Kong / Josephine Lai-kuen Wong --
Women of influence: gendered charisma / Helen F. Siu --
Women workers in Hong Kong, 1960s-1990s: voices, meanings, and structured constraints / Po-king Choi --
Half the sky: mobility and late socialist reflections / Yan Lijun, with Yang Meijian and Taotao Zhang --
Fantasies of "Chinese-ness" and the traffic in women from mainland China to Hong Kong in Fruit Chan's Durian, durian / Pheng Cheah.
Responsibility: edited by Helen F. Siu.

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Historians and anthropologists have long been interested in South China where powerful lineages and gendered hierarchies are juxtaposed with unorthodox trading cultures, multi-ethnic colonial encounters, and market-driven consumption. The divergent paths taken by women in Hong Kong and Guangdong during thirty years of Maoist closure, and the post-reform cross-border fluidities have also gained analytical attention.

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Merchants' Daughters turns conventional scholarship on its head by asking whether lineages, Confucian morality, and the cultural orientation of merchant families might have provided an unusual space Read more...

 
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