This volume of twelve original essays examines the interplay between women's education and development, and if and how it has changed women's status, in selected nations in Asia.
Educational expansion in recent decades have benefitted women in Asia at least in quantitative terms. Industrialization has also created room for increased waged employment for them. However, the relative openness of these systems has not been paralleled at the cultural level. Women in Asia, which remains largely patriarchal, are thus caught in contradictions. This volume examines how women use and compromise with opportunities and limits in education, the role of education in their economic participation, and the enhancement and tension brought to their family roles.
The volume is edited from a cross-national perspective. The chapters, each covering a nation, rest on a common framework. Each begins with a brief historical account of education fore women. It then investigates the extent women have been able to take advantage of them. What follows is an analysis of how women use their education in the labor market and in the family. Society's definition of women's roles in the family often acts to reduce the effect of schooling on women's economic participation. This interplay is further complicated by such factors as social class and/or caste, religion and ethnicity.

part |91 pages

East Asia

chapter |25 pages

The People's Republic of China

ByGrace C. L. Mak

chapter |21 pages


ByMachiko Matsui

chapter |13 pages

South Korea

ByOksoon Kim

chapter |27 pages

Taiwan, Republic of China

ByHsiao-Chin Hsieh

part |69 pages

Southeast Asia

chapter |24 pages


ByMayling Oey-Gardiner, Riga-Adiwoso Suprapto

chapter |23 pages


ByRobiah Sidin

chapter |19 pages


ByGuat Tin Low

part |82 pages

South Asia

chapter |22 pages


ByRatna Ghosh, Abdulaziz Talbani

chapter |29 pages


ByKowsar P. Chowdhury

chapter |28 pages

Sri Lanka

BySwarna Jayaweera