Sweet and Sour is the first in-depth anthropological study of Taiwanese women entrepreneurs, their career ambitions, their family relations, and their projects of self-identity. Focusing on the voices and perspectives of the women themselves, Scott Simon draws from life-narratives of women from various ages, ethnic groups, social classes, and occupations to provide a diverse set of rarely heard native voices speaking out on gender and entrepreneurship in Taiwan. This rich collection of life histories provides a unique understanding of Taiwanese society and the place of women within it.
Scott Simon is associate professor of sociology, University of Ottawa.
Chapter 1: Introduction Chapter 2: Social Contests of Female Entrepreneurship Chapter 3: Two Street Vendors Chapter 4: A Stone Cutter Chapter 5: A Ritual Goods Seller Chapter 6: A Hairdresser Chapter 7: A Cafe Owner Chapter 8: A Lesbian Bar Chapter 9: An Eel Exporter Chapter 10: A Non-profit Dog Shelter Chapter 11: A Global Cafe Chapter 12: A Fashion Designer Chapter 13: A Breakfast Cafe Chapter 14: An Aboriginal Crafts Dealer Chapter 15: Women in a Flower Drinking World Chapter 16: Concluding Notes Glossary Appendix on Methodology Bibliography