1st Edition

Routledge Handbook of East Asian Gender Studies

Edited By Jieyu Liu, Junko Yamashita Copyright 2020
    448 Pages 39 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    452 Pages 39 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Handbook of East Asian Gender Studies presents up-to-date theoretical and conceptual developments in key areas of the field, taking a multi-disciplinary and comparative approach.

    Featuring contributions by leading scholars of Gender Studies to provide a cutting-edge overview of the field, this handbook includes examples from China, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong and covers the following themes:

      • theorising gender relations;
      • women’s and feminist movements;
      • work, care and migration;
      • family and intergenerational relationships;
      • cultural representation;
      • masculinity; and
      • state, militarism and gender.

    This handbook is essential reading for scholars and students of Gender and Women’s Studies, as well as East Asian societies, social policy and culture.

    Introduction, Jieyu Liu and Junko Yamashita

    Section 1: Theoretical Overview

    1 The Logics of Gender Construction in Asian Modernities, Emiko Ochiai

    2. Gender and Heterosexuality in East Asia: Western Concepts and Asian Lives, Stevi Jackson

    Section 2: Feminisms and Women’s Movements

    3. Korean Women’s Movement: Between Modernization and Globalization, Hyun Back Chung

    4. Feminisms in Japan since the second wave to the present: its history and achievement, Chizuko Ueno

    5. Feminist Activism in Hong Kong, Joseph M. K. Cho, Trevor Y. T. Ma, Lucetta Y. L. Kam

    6. Feminism in the twentieth century China: Modernity, gender and state, HU Yiqian

    Section 3: Gendered Work, Care and Migration

    7. Making Migrant Care Workers in East Asia, Reiko Ogawa

    8. The Social Organization of Sex Work in Taiwan, Mei-hua Chen

    9. Women and Migration in China, Nana Zhang

    10. Formal-care work under the Japanese quasi-market: Towards a care-friendly gender regime, Sumika Yamane

    11. Gendered Politics of Work-life balance in South Korea, Seung-Ah Hong

    Section 4: Family and Intimate Relationships

    12. Family Life in China, William Jankowiak

    13. Family and Gender in Taiwan, Chin-Chun Yi and Chin-Fen Chang

    14. Family Transitions and Family Policy in South Korea, Dayoung Song

    15. Lone Mother Households and Poverty in Japan: New Social Risks, the Social Security System, and Labour Market, Yuko Tamiya

    Section 5: Gender and Cultural Representations

    16 Gender, Representation and Identity: The Multifold Politics of Japanese Woman Imagery, Aya Kitamura

    17 Performing Gender in Chinese Cinema, Hongwei Bao

    18 Center Stage: Gender Representations in Taiwan Cinema, Chun-Chi Wang

    19 Sexualising Cinematic border: Gender, Spectatorship and Citizenship in Hong Kong-Mainland Cinema, PANG Laikwan

    Section 6: Masculinities

    20. Counting on Women While Not Counting Women’s Personhood: A Critical Analysis of the Masculine Ideal of Self-Made Man in Japan, Ryo Hirayama

    21. Masculinities in China, Derek Hird

    22. Masculinities in Korea: How Male Portrayals are Changed in Korean News Magazines’ Advertisements from the 1970s to the 1990s, Guiohk Lee

    Section 7: State, Militarism and Gender

    23 Beyond the Boundaries of Nationalism, Christianity, and Feminism: South Korean Women’s Movement against U.S. Military Prostitution, LEE Na Young

    24. From Recognition of vulnerabilities to Caring Democracy: A Care Analysis of the Reconciliation Process of the "Comfort Women" Issue in Japan, Yayo Okano


    Jieyu Liu is Reader in Sociology of China at SOAS University of London, UK. She is the author of Gender and Work in Urban China: Women Workers of the Unlucky Generation (2007) and Gender, Sexuality and Power in Chinese Companies: Beauties at Work (2016).

    Junko Yamashita is Senior Lecturer at the School of Sociology, Politics and International Studies, University of Bristol, UK. Her research focuses on social and policy dimensions of family, work and inequalities, particularly in relation to care and gender.