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dc.contributor.authorChang, Doris T.
dc.date.accessioned2009-06-29T01:46:58Z
dc.date.available2009-06-29T01:46:58Z
dc.date.issued2009
dc.identifier.citationChang, Doris T. NWSA Journal, Volume 21, Number 1, Spring 2009, pp. 51-75en
dc.identifier.issn1040-0656
dc.identifier.otherDOI: 10.1353/nwsa.0.0071
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10057/2046
dc.description.abstractThis essay examines the ways in which Margaret Mead's research findings in New Guinea were transmitted to a Chinese-speaking audience through Yang Mei-hui's annotated Chinese summary of part 4 of Mead's Sex and Temperament in Three Primitive Societies (1935). In so doing, Yang served as a cultural intermediary who transmitted Mead's concept of cultural relativism on gender-role formation to her Chinese-speaking audience. Yang's annotated summary (1973) serves as a case study of the ways in which a cultural intermediary's injections of her personal commentaries within a specific cross-cultural context can facilitate her audience's understanding of the arguments made in the original English text. In this essay, I undertake a textual comparison of Yang's Chinese annotated summary with Mead's original English text for the purpose of evaluating Yang's effectiveness in conveying Mead's main arguments. In the 1970s and thereafter, Taiwanese feminists applied Mead's concept of cultural relativism of socially constructed gender to subvert the rigid gender roles in Taiwanese society. In so doing, they contributed to women's self-determination during the era of Taiwan's democratization.en
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dc.language.isoen_USen
dc.publisherIndiana University Pressen
dc.relation.ispartofDoris Chang's Publicationsen
dc.relation.ispartofseriesNWSA Journalen
dc.relation.ispartofseriesv.21, no.1en
dc.rightsCopyright by Indiana University Pressen
dc.subjectTaiwanese feminismen
dc.subjectChinese feminismen
dc.subjectWomen’s movementsen
dc.subjectMargaret Meaden
dc.subjectHsiu-lien Annette Luen
dc.subjectLee Yuan-chenen
dc.subjectYang Mei-huien
dc.subjectCultural relativismen
dc.subjectTextual comparisonen
dc.titleReading Sex and Temperament in Taiwan: Margaret Mead and Postwar Taiwanese Feminismen
dc.typeArticleen
dc.description.versionPeer reviewed


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