SYMPOSIUM Symposium: Empowering Civil Society and Women in East Asia: A Critical Examination of Democratization Seung-kyung Kim and Miranda Schreurs The countries of East Asia have long been characterized as remain to the establishment of truly vibrant civil societies in strong states with relatively weak civil societies. Yet, this image China, Japan, and Korea, the developments of the last decade is becoming outdated. There are numerous signs emerging from are truly noteworthy. throughout the region that state-society relations are changing. While women have been an integral part of civil society moveThere has been a dramatic growth in civil society groups in ments in East Asia, women are not well represented in political China, Japan, and Korea since the beginning of the 1990s. The positions in East Asia. This is especially true in Korea, which term "civil society groups" is used very cautiously and loosely has among the smallest number of women in elected positions here since the organizational form and role played by these of any industrialized democracy. Thus, while the growth of civil groups differs substantially across the three states. In the case society groups in the region suggests a degree of pluralization of China, for example,
The Good Society – Penn State University Press
Published: Mar 12, 2002
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