Gender discussion and social identity in Chinese-Australian newspapers in the early 20th century

Kuo, Mei-Fen (2010) Gender discussion and social identity in Chinese-Australian newspapers in the early 20th century. Research on Women in Modern Chinese History (), 18 175-214.

Author Kuo, Mei-Fen
Title Gender discussion and social identity in Chinese-Australian newspapers in the early 20th century
Journal name Research on Women in Modern Chinese History ()   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1029-4759
Publication date 2010-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 18
Start page 175
End page 214
Total pages 40
Place of publication Taiwan, Republic of China
Publisher Academia Sinica
Language eng
chi
Abstract his article discusses the social transformation of the female role, the function of the family, and social identity of Chinese Australians in the early 20th century through the analysis of Chinese newspapers and public ceremonies. It is argued that modernity and the Australian lifestyle enhanced a sense of civil rights amoung Chinese Australians vis-a-vis the traditional patriarchy that had been determining in early 20th century. Furthermore, Chinese Australians accepted the Australian notion of "social respectability" and middle class values to discuss the female role as wife and mother. However, more female Chinese-Australians were appearing in the discussions of Chinese Australians newspapers and public ceremonies. The increasing appearance of female and children together with male Chinese Australians to enhanced a public profile of the Chinese-Australian family in order to struggle against the White Australia Policy, which isolated many Chinese, who were for the most part males without families in residence in Australia, by codifying them as the "Other" of British and European Australians. In conclusion, this article shows how gender perspective provides an alterative methodology for studies of social identity and political mobilization of immigration communities.
Keyword Gender discussion
Print culture
Chinese Australian women
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collection: School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry
 
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