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This chapter provides concluding thoughts on the patriarchy in East Asia by taking a look at the concepts discussed in the preceding chapters of the book. The book takes a close look at whether or not women, particularly married women, are becoming members of the labor force. When the status of women in Japan is compared with that in a Western society, differences are likely to be accounted for in a very general way by merely ascribing them to characteristics of Asian culture or the influence of Confucianism in Japan. Under socialism, both China and North Korea went through a period in which a policy of making women workers was strongly promoted, and the rate of women's participation in the labor force in those countries is very high. In China rejection of ideas based on gender discrimination is much stronger than it is in North Korea.

Keywords:East Asia; gender issues; labor force; married women; patriarchy; socialism



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