Women’s Movements in Twentieth-Century Taiwan

Women’s Movements in Twentieth-Century Taiwan

This book, published last April,  is the first in English to consider women’s movements and feminist discourses in twentieth-century Taiwan. Doris T. Chang examines the way in which Taiwanese women in the twentieth century selectively appropriated Western feminist theories to meet their needs in a modernizing Confucian culture. She illustrates the rise and fall of women’s movements against the historical backdrop of the island’s contested national identities, first vis-à-vis imperial Japan (1895-1945) and later with postwar China (1945-2000).

About The Author:

Doris T. Chang is a Taiwanese American who immigrated to the United States at the age of 12.  She spent her adolescent years growing up in the Boston area and received her BA in history at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.  Upon her graduation, she continued her graduate studies in East Asian history in Ohio. In 2002, she graduated from the Ph.D. program in history at the Ohio State University.  It was at Ohio State that Doris decided to write her Ph.D. dissertation on women’s movements in Taiwan within the context of the island nation’s  relationships with the U.S., Japan, and China in the twentieth-century.  This research project helped her to deepen her understanding about her place of origin and her bicultural heritage as a Taiwanese American. In 2009,  she published her book titled Women’s Movements in Twentieth-Century Taiwan with the University of Illinois Press. Currently, Doris Chang is Associate Professor of Women’s Studies at Wichita State University. She is currently conducting research about second-generation Asian American women in Wichita, Kansas.

If you are interested in ordering a copy of the book, please contact University of Illinois Press at 1-800-621-8476 or orders@press.uchicago.edu

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