2012 New History
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Research on Chinese Women’s History in Post-war Taiwan (1945-1995)

Jen-der Lee

Institute of History and Philology, Academia Sinica

This review introduces the research on Chinese women’s history in post-war Taiwan. It groups articles and books, according to women’s life in traditional patriarchal society, into two major categories: one on women’s family roles as daughter, wife and mother, and the other on women’s effort to break through these roles by religion, literature and politics. A general survey suggests that women’s history of suffering, such as foot-binding and prostitution, does not usually attract scholars’ attention. Most effort has been put into the subjects of widow remarriage and politically powerful women. Recent articles, fortunately, start to express their awareness of feminist ideas. Aided by medical history and religious history, scholars also begin to examine women’s pain and fear in childbirth and their options in traditional society. However, lack of gender sensitivity except in a few areas such as women’s literature, the study of women’s history in Taiwan still has a great deal to grow.


Key Words: Chinese women’s history, Taiwan