Women's Movements in Asia is a comprehensive study of women's
activism across Asia. With chapters written by leading
international experts, it provides a full overview of the history
of feminism, as well as the current context of the women's movement
in 12 countries: the Philippines, China, Indonesia, Japan, Burma,
Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Hong Kong, Korea,
India and Pakistan.
For each of these countries the manner in which feminism changes
according to cultural, political, economic and religious factors is
explored. The contributors investigate how national feminisms are
influenced by transnational factors, such as the women's movements
in other countries, colonialism and international agencies. Each
chapter also considers what Asian feminists have contributed to
global theoretical debates on the woman question, the key successes
and failures of the movements and what needs to be addressed in the
This breadth of coverage, together with suggestions for further
reading and watching, and an integrated cross-national timeline
makes Women's Movements in Asia ideal for use on courses looking at
women and feminism in Asia. It will appeal both to students and
specialists in the fields of gender, women's and Asian studies.
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