East Asian Languages and Cultures | Gender and Labor Politics in East Asia
E350 | 069A | Friedman
This course explores anthropological and historical approaches to
gender and labor through examining East Asian women's experiences of
labor force participation. We will ask how gender ideologies,
kinship patterns, nationalist politics and global economic
transformations shape the meaning of work and labor for different
groups of women over the course of the 20th century. Focusing on
the linked nexus of factory work, sex work, and service work, the
course asks what wage labor participation has meant for women often
faced with poverty, exploitation, and potential social disgrace.
How does the meaning of women's non-domestic work differ over time
and across East Asian countries? How do work and gender identities
influence, and potentially
reconfigure, one another? What is the relationship among work,
family, and nation for various generations of East Asian women?
Readings will focus on Japan, China, South Korea, Taiwan, and Hong
This section meets with EALC E505; ANTH E400 and E600; and GNDR
G302. Credit given for only one of these sections.