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Title: Female emancipation in a colonial context : the Chinese community in Singapore 1900-1942
Author: Yang, Wei-an
Awarding Body: University of Sheffield
Current Institution: University of Sheffield
Date of Award: 2014
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The advent of female Chinese immigrants was an important factor in shaping the Chinese community from an immigrant society into a stabilized community in Singapore at the beginning of the 20th century. Using a combination of Chinese language press and Colonial Office records, my study explores those primary sources to assess the voices of Chinese women, and examine how Chinese women were constituted as a group in the Chinese community during the colonial era. Chinese newspapers were an effective tool for disseminating information concerning nationalism in China as well as stirring up a consciousness of national identity within the Chinese community. Those activities carried out by the Kuomintang pushed forward the development of Chinese female education, and offered them opportunities to participate in the National Salvation Movement in the 1930s. On the other hand, three archetypes of Chinese woman - prostitutes, muitsais (domestic servants) and educated women - are introduced so as to examine their role in the formation of the Singapore Chinese community. The Colonial Office records are thus used to identify those Chinese female-related issues in order to examine the practices and attitudes of the British authorities with regard to the social ills within the Chinese community. The difference between the values of the western and eastern culture reflected in their policies towards these social problems among Chinese women, and how those social reforms represent the variation in Chinese females' family position and status in society throughout the colonial era will be discussed in my research.
Supervisor: Griffiths, Clare Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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