The male bread-winner was once the dominant role model in middle- and upper-class families worldwide. Increasingly, however, rising costs of living plus the desire to work have drawn women into wage employment. This is especially so among those with higher education and keen to build careers for themselves. The experiences of women in different parts of Asia are no exception. Although many of them now work, this has not taken them away from their role as mothers nor lessened their familial responsibilities. The essays in this book examine how larger structural, economic, historical and social/cultural forces impact on Asian women in their everyday life as mothers and workers.
Dr. Theresa Devasahayam is a research fellow at the University of Wollongong, focusing on gender relations and women's status within and outside the household in relation to wage employment and global changes. Currently, she is researching the role of local and transnational advocacy networks in Singapore and Malaysia. Professor Brenda S.A. Yeoh is Head of the Southeast Asian Studies Programme at the National University of Singapore. Besides writing extensively on many issues, she is a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society/Institute of British Geographers and edits of the journal Gender, Place & Culture.
Introduction (Theresa W. Devasahayam and Brenda S.A. Yeoh); 1 Postmodern Motherhoods and Cultural Contest in Malaysia and Singapore (Maila Stivens); 2 Contradictions in Maternal Roles in Contemporary Japan (Keiko Hirao); 3 The Career Mother in Matrimonial and Custody Proceedings in Singapore (Debbie Ong); 4 Working and Mothering in Late Vietnamese Socialism (Daniele Belanger and Xavier Oudin); 5 Impact of Maternal Employment on Child Health in North India (Santosh Jatrana); 6 Constructions of Mothering: Female Filipino Overseas Workers (Carolyn I. Sobritchea); 7 Sexy Mothers in Sabah (Anne-Marie Hilsdon); 8 Motherhood Shifts When Chinese Families Relocate (Janet W. Salaff, Arent Greve and Xuan Chen); Index.