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Introduction: Intimate Work and the Construction of Asian Women

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Feminine roles are related to the various acts that women perform for others in intimate relationships such as the family. When such activity is labelled as "intimate work", images of Asian women are constructed that are linked closely with this "intimate work". The book looks at how Asian women have been linked and constructed with intimate work, and how they have lived (or not lived) within that construction. The book is divided into three sections. The first section of the book, "Imagining Intimate Work" deals with the historical formation of intimate work the key phrase in this study and adds some theoretical considerations. The second section, "Multiple Faces of the Good Wife/Wise Mother", looks at the forms and changes in the ideal image of women in Asia. The third section, "Wives and Workers Crossing Borders", turns our attention to the international migration of women, which is increasing in today's age of globalization.

Keywords: Asian Women; Intimate Work



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