China's Left-Behind Wives: Families Of Migrants From Fujian To Southeast Asia, 1930S-1950S


by Huifen Shen

China's Left-Behind Wives: Families Of Migrants From Fujian To Southeast Asia, 1930S-1950S

Price:  US$29.26   (SGD38.00*)
Format:  Paper Back, 259 pages
Published:  2012, Singapore, 1st Edition
ISBN:  9789971695613
SB#:  053749 (106)

About This Book

For roughly a century starting around 1850, large numbers of young men from southern China travelled to Southeast Asia in search of work. Some were married and others returned to marry, but they routinely left their wives in China to handle family affairs. Drawing on in-depth interviews, archival materials, local gazetteers, newspapers and periodicals, the author describes the experiences of left-behind wives in the Quanzhou region of Fujian from the 1930s to the 1950s. Ultimately, the experiences of the left-behind wives drew them into public life and business, and as Overseas Chinese policies, and attitudes towards women, changed in China, they came to play an increasingly significant part in the processes of development and modernization. With bibliography and index.


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