Category: Gender and sexuality

Asian studies, Gender and sexuality

Gendered Politics in Asia: Conference report from the politics stream, Women in Asia 2019

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The Women in Asia Forum held its biannual conference at UNSW Sydney from 21-23 June 2019. Over 150 presenters shared their research, organised into 40 panels across six streams. This report identifies some of the themes and future research directions arising from the 20 papers presented as part of the ‘Gendered processes of political power’ […]

Asian studies, Gender and sexuality

Women in an Era of Anti-Elitism in Asia

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The theme of the Women in Asia Conference this year was “Women in an Era of Anti-Elitism in Asia”. The Women in Asia Forum began in 1978 and is affiliated with the Asian Studies Association of Australia. In 1981, the first Women in Asia Conference was held at UNSW, and the return of the conference […]

ASAA books, Gender and sexuality, Japan

#MeToo in the historical shadow of Japan’s corporate hostess culture

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The #MeToo wave is an originally American phenomenon, but its spread worldwide now sees efforts against male harassment and violence manifesting a range of national shades. In South Korea, the country’s president, delivered to power in the 2017 Candlelight Revolution, directs government action against sex offenders in both the public and private sectors because ‘gender […]

Gender and sexuality, Japan

Women storm bastions of male political power in Japan

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Japan’s mainstream voters show they are not averse to voting women into power On 15 September, the political glass ceiling in Japan received another dent when the main political opposition party, the Democratic Party (DP), elected Renho as its leader. This comes very soon after another significant milestone for women in politics was passed when […]

Gender and sexuality, Korea

Misogyny on the rise in South Korea’s ‘gender war’

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A shocking murder puts renewed focus on gender politics in South Korea On 17 May this year a 23-year-old woman was stabbed to death by a 34-year-old man at a unisex toilet near the Gangnam subway station in Seoul. What shocked the public most was that the victim was a total stranger to the assailant. […]

China, Gender and sexuality

Television dating shows—China’s new matchmakers

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Love and marriage in today’s China are increasingly being conducted in the spotlight If not bread and butter, television dating shows have become an important ingredient of the Chinese diet. For singles, they are a platform for seeking potential spouses. For the mass audience, they are a topic for gossip. For the cultural elites, they […]