This research focuses on a special group of contributors to China’s economic reform—women entrepreneurs, examining these women’s accumulation of personal wealth and their continued commitment to certain ‘traditional values’. It illustrates that while signifying a new degree of participation in the public domain, the increased personal wealth of these women has not freed them from the traditional gendered expectation that women should keep to the private domain. However, the research also shows that wealth has lessened their burden of housework and improved their status in their families.
Minglu Chen is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of Government and International Relations, University of Sydney. She researches social changes in contemporary China, with particular interests on women, entrepreneurship, local governance, and relationship between the state and the private sector. She also works on China-Latin America relations. She is currently working on a project on the interaction between the new rich and the state (with Prof. David Goodman and Dr Beatriz Carrillo) and a project on local governance and regional development (with Prof. Carolyn Cartier and Dr Shiuh-Shen Chen). She is the author of Tiger Girls: Women and Enterprises in the People’s Republic of China Routledge (forthcoming).
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