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Taiwan's Intersectional Cosmopolitanism: Local Women in Their Communities

Taiwan's Intersectional Cosmopolitanism: Local Women in Their Communities <p>abstract:</p><p>Women&apos;s shifting positions in common public space have contributed significantly to the historical ebb and flow of Taiwan&apos;s cosmopolitanism. The importance of Austronesian and Bendi 本地 contributions to Taiwan&apos;s history are widely accepted, but <i>women&apos;s</i> roles in these contributions are still largely overlooked. Austronesian women facilitated the sociality across diversity that made Taiwan cosmopolitan under seventeenthcentury Dutch colonialism. But cosmopolitanism is a fragile social niche, and it waned under Qing settler colonialism. Taiwan&apos;s post-1860 forced reentry into global trade—with a woman-processed product, tea, as its top export—again expanded cosmopolitanism under late Qing and early Japanese rule, also expanding Bendi women&apos;s quotidian public engagements. Recovery from a long, war-related, mid-twentieth-century nadir occurred via economic development that was driven by global trade and relied particularly on Bendi women&apos;s labor. Historical intersectionality has repeatedly enabled social linkages for burgeoning cosmopolitanism in Taiwan.</p> http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Cross-Currents: East Asian History and Culture Review University of Hawai'I Press

Taiwan&apos;s Intersectional Cosmopolitanism: Local Women in Their Communities

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University of Hawai'I Press
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Copyright © Research Institute of Korean Studies, Korea University
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2158-9666
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2158-9674

Abstract

<p>abstract:</p><p>Women&apos;s shifting positions in common public space have contributed significantly to the historical ebb and flow of Taiwan&apos;s cosmopolitanism. The importance of Austronesian and Bendi 本地 contributions to Taiwan&apos;s history are widely accepted, but <i>women&apos;s</i> roles in these contributions are still largely overlooked. Austronesian women facilitated the sociality across diversity that made Taiwan cosmopolitan under seventeenthcentury Dutch colonialism. But cosmopolitanism is a fragile social niche, and it waned under Qing settler colonialism. Taiwan&apos;s post-1860 forced reentry into global trade—with a woman-processed product, tea, as its top export—again expanded cosmopolitanism under late Qing and early Japanese rule, also expanding Bendi women&apos;s quotidian public engagements. Recovery from a long, war-related, mid-twentieth-century nadir occurred via economic development that was driven by global trade and relied particularly on Bendi women&apos;s labor. Historical intersectionality has repeatedly enabled social linkages for burgeoning cosmopolitanism in Taiwan.</p>

Journal

Cross-Currents: East Asian History and Culture ReviewUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Jun 23, 2020

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