Temporary Migration, Empowerment and Disempowerment : Case Studies of Hui Migrant Women in Guangzhou, China

Research output: Conference PapersRGC 31A - Invited conference paper (refereed items)Yespeer-review

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Author(s)

  • Catherine C H CHIU

Detail(s)

Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 27 Jul 2009

Conference

Title16th World Congress of The International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES)
PlaceChina
CityKunming
Period27 - 31 July 2009

Abstract

Rural to urban migration of women in China has recently begun to attract research attention. A void however is yet to be filled in terms of studies of rural-to-urban migration of ethnic minority women as these women migrants are conspicuously absent in existing gender-blind studies of ethnic migrants.Drawing on data collected from focus group discussions and in-depth interviews, this paper examines the lived experiences of Hui migrant women in Guangzhou through the lens of empowerment and disempowerment. The presentation will cover: (1) evidence of women’s exercise of agency and their resistance to different forms of control, such as operations of norms, values and thinking prescribed by customs and practices that restrict women’s autonomy and mobility, both socially and physically; (2) the outcomes of migration, whether the women are socially included in the host society and whether their resources have increased in the family; (3) whether or not at the micro level the migrant women have increased their ability to question, challenge and eventually restructure the existing unfavourable power relations; and (4) the conditions of women’s disempowerment that are produced in the process of migration and in the lived reality of these migrants after migration.

Citation Format(s)

Temporary Migration, Empowerment and Disempowerment: Case Studies of Hui Migrant Women in Guangzhou, China. / CHIU, Catherine C H.
2009. 16th World Congress of The International Union of Anthropological and Ethnological Sciences (IUAES), Kunming, China.

Research output: Conference PapersRGC 31A - Invited conference paper (refereed items)Yespeer-review