This remarkable book charts the effects of the economic boom on women across Asia. Yori Matsui, one of Japan's leading journalists, demonstrates how Asian women are confronting rapid economic developmentwhich is accompanied by widespread infringement of human rights. Analysing the lives of women in Japan, Thailand, the Philippines, Taiwan, China, Nepal, and Korea, the author explores
* the impact of globalization - including the feminization of migration and an increase in the trafficking of women
* sexual violence - from the 'comfort women' to child prostitution
* development projects - the cause of mass deforestation and displacement of communities
However she also describes women's credit co-ops, democratization movements and unionization of women workers. She meets women who have organised ant-logging blockades, literacy classes and campaighns against trafficking. She finds women across Asia resisiting the dictatorship od development, the feminization of poverty and patriarchal values. Throughout the continent she finds the seeds of hope for a new Asia.
Yaori Matsui is a founder of the Asia-Japan Women's Resource Center and edits the journal Women's 21st Century.
Introduction Part I: Economic Development and Violence Against Women 1. Trafficking in Women 2. AIDS Attacks Women 3. The Feminization of International Migration 4. Japanese-Filipino Children and Japanese Society 5. Women Break the Silence on Domestic Violence Part II: Women Fight the Development Invasion 6. The Philippines Development Plan: Forced Eviction of People and Communities 7. Thai Village Women Protest Eucalyptus Plantations and Shrimp Cultivation 8. Indigenous People Fight Deforestation and Dam Construction in Sarawak 9. Taiwan and Thailand: The Other Side of the Travel Boom Part III: From Resistance to Alternatives in Action 10. An Alternative Negros: The Phillipines 11. Women's Linkage: Hong Kong and China 12. Weaving the Village Future: Thailand 13. The Wind of Change in a Mountain Village: Nepal 14. Turning Pain into Power: Korea Conclusion: Women Envision a New Asia for the Twenty-first Century Index