Employment of Women in Chinese Cultures

Employment of Women in Chinese Cultures

Half the Sky

New Horizons in Management series

Edited by Cherlyn Skromme Granrose

Examining the employment lives of Chinese women living under different government systems at the beginning of the twenty-first century, the contributors to this volume present an overview of factors affecting the employment status of women. The volume includes chapters on the People’s Republic of China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore – nations that have common Chinese cultural experiences but very different economic systems and government structures.

Introduction: Chinese Women with Different Government Systems

Cherlyn Skromme Granrose

Subjects: asian studies, asian business, business and management, asia business, international business


Introduction: Chinese women with different government systems Cherlyn Skromme Granrose Government policies related to taxation, health, reproduction, welfare, childcare, educational access and non-discrimination in employment affect women’s employment directly and indirectly. Policies and laws vary widely in Chinese societies from the egalitarian, socialist provisions of Singapore and Taiwan, to the laissez-faire policy the British advocated for the Hong Kong government. In each of the following chapters we can see the influence on women’s employment of some common cultural traditions. We can also begin to discover how these traditions are enacted as they have been influenced by Chinese cultural history and economic differences from 500 BCE to the political events of the twenty-first century. This volume contains chapters which describe the status of government policies and the status of employed women in different Chinese nationstates at the beginning of the twenty-first century. In addition to a chapter on Singapore, we include the People’s Republic of China, Hong Kong and Taiwan (the Republic of China) as separate chapters, even though they are currently considered by some to be a single nation, because each of these entities has a distinctive history as well as different legal and economic systems that provide different options and constraints for women who work for pay outside the domestic sphere. The volume concentrates on paid work for women and includes discussion of workers in high government and management positions as well as those working in difficult factory...