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Negotiating Gender Ideologies And Identities: Prc Chinese Women As Transnational Migrants In Global-City Singapore

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By highlighting the transmigratory experience of People's Republic of China (PRC) women moving from China to Singapore, this chapter shows that individual life trajectories are shaped not only by one consistent set of gender ideologies but the gender (and sexual) dynamics of two or more overlapping ?regimes of power and knowledge" traversed by migrants in their journeys across space. Whether ?lead" migrants in their own right, or ?trailing spouses", much value employment in Singapore, not simply because of economic necessity but also because the Chinese ideology of work is a definitive norm of womanhood. Strategies to cope with the gender and sexual politics which shape migration trajectories are highly variegated; they are neither completely rooted in ideologies of the home country, nor entirely fashioned from new experiences in the host country, but somewhere in between.

Keywords: gender ideology; People's Republic of China (PRC); transnational migrants



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