Gender and sexuality

Gender and sexuality

Hong Kong Rural Women under Chinese Rule

Hong Kong Rural Women under Chinese Rule has recently been published by Routledge as part of the Routledge/Asian Studies Association of Australia (ASAA) Women in Asia Series. Hong Kong has been undergoing unprecedented pandemonium since June 2019. Protests and rallies that very often ended in physical confrontation and violence are happening from weekly to a …

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

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’ …

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

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 …

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Women storm bastions of male political power in Japan

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 …

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

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. …

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