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An Anthropological Talk by Lynne Nakano

Single in the City: Unmarried Women and Their Families in Hong Kong, Shanghai and Tokyo

Friday 27 September 2019, 7:00pm
Hong Kong Museum of History
Lecture Hall, Ground Floor, 100 Chatham Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

In East Asia's largest cities, hundreds of thousands of women are remaining single into middle-age and beyond. Their cumulative actions to delay marriage or remain indefinitely single represent an enormous change in women's life course pathways given that previous generations of women married nearly universally and within a prescribed age range. This talk explores women's experience of singlehood in three East Asian cities that are home to large numbers of single women: Shanghai, Hong Kong and Tokyo. Based on ethnographic research and interviews with over 100 single women in the cities of Shanghai, Hong Kong and Tokyo, the speaker will show how the organization of care services in families profoundly shapes single women's experiences and how single women in these cities find meaning in their lives in unexpected ways.

Lynne Nakano is professor in the Department of Japanese Studies, The Chinese University of Hong Kong. She has published on volunteerism in Japan, and on single women and family change in Japan, Hong Kong, and Shanghai. She is currently working on a project on special education in Japan.

   

 

 
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