Wives, Mistresses, and Matriarchs: Asian Women Today

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Rowman & Littlefield, 1998 - Social Science - 302 pages
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This work seeks to shatter the myth of the submissive Asian woman with its vivid portraits of women in the region. Drawing on her many years of working in Asia, Louise Williams frames the issues facing women through the experiences of individuals. We are introduced to women as varied as politicians, call girls and mistresses, revolutionary heroines, labourers, and business magnates. The individuals featured range from Benazir Bhutto and Corazon Aquino, to the Jakarta factory girl and the second wife in the Chinese mistress village that serves Hong Kong's wealthy men.
 

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Contents

the only child
1
The maid and the washing machine
20
Splitting the bamboo
32
I am not a prostitute
50
A tale of four mothers
61
The mistress village
78
Her fathers face
88
The execution of Nguyen Thi Chien
95
Her fathers daughter
166
Rich bitch
185
An arranged marriage
194
Mothers of the uprising
211
The CEO
226
The love boat
235
The reeducation camp
243
The only man in the Cabinet
253

A heroine
109
The rear legs of the elephant
115
The night bus to Bangkok
133
The girl in the white MercedesBenz
150
On stoning for adultery
268
The princess
280
Bibliography
301
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Williams is the Jakarta correspondent for th Sydney Morning Herald and Age.

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