Women in the New Asia

From Pain to Power

Yayori Matsui

Women in the New Asia

Yayori Matsui

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208 pages | 5.4375 x 8.5 | © 1999
Paper $40.95 ISBN: 9781856496261 Published March 1999 For sale in North and South America only
This remarkable book charts the effects of the economic boom on women across Asia. Yori Matsui, one of Japan's leading journalists, demonstrates how Asian women are confronting rapid economic developmentwhich is accompanied by widespread infringement of human rights. Analysing the lives of women in Japan, Thailand, the Philippines, Taiwan, China, Nepal, and Korea, the author explores

* the impact of globalization - including the feminization of migration and an increase in the trafficking of women
* sexual violence - from the 'comfort women' to child prostitution
* development projects - the cause of mass deforestation and displacement of communities

However she also describes women's credit co-ops, democratization movements and unionization of women workers. She meets women who have organised ant-logging blockades, literacy classes and campaighns against trafficking. She finds women across Asia resisiting the dictatorship od development, the feminization of poverty and patriarchal values. Throughout the continent she finds the seeds of hope for a new Asia.
Contents
Introduction
Part 1: Economic Development and Violence Against Women
Chapter 1: Trafficking in Women
Chapter 2: AIDS Attacks Women
Chapter 3: The Feminization of International Migration
Chapter 4: Japanese-Filipino Children and Japanese Society
Chapter 5: Women Break the Silence on Domestic Violence
Part 2: Women Fight the Development Invasion
Chapter 6: The Philippines Development Plan: Forced Eviction of People and Communities
Chapter 7: Thai Village Women Protest Eucalyptus Plantations and Shrimp Cultivation
Chapter 8: Indigenous People Fight Deforestation and Dam Construction in Sarawak
Chapter 9: Taiwan and Thailand: The Other Side of the Travel Boom
Part 3: From Resistance to Alternatives in Action
Chapter 10: An Alternative Negros: The Phillipines
Chapter 11: Women's Linkage: Hong Kong and China
Chapter 12: Weaving the Village Future: Thailand
Chapter 13: The Wind of Change in a Mountain Village: Nepal
Chapter 14: Turning Pain into Power: Korea
Conclusion: Women Envision a New Asia for the Twenty-first Century
Index
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