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Domesticity: East Asia, Southeast Asia, and Australia
(2,438 words)

The grand gender narrative that has dominated East and Southeast Asia over the last five hundred years is the definition of woman as wife and mother (“bearer of sons” is the East Asian variation). This metanarrative remained uncontested until the late twentieth century when the rise of second wave feminism and women's activism raised alternative definitions of woman as worker and citizen. The corollary of this limited construction of the feminine as wife and mother (and this applies to women in …

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Roces, Mina, “Domesticity: East Asia, Southeast Asia, and Australia”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 29 March 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0076b>
First published online: 2009

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