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Doris T. Chang

compiling oral histories became the dominant means for feminist scholars to provide ordinary Taiwanese women with the opportunity to narrate their life experiences ( Hsieh & Chang, 2005 : 30–31, 58–59). While the mid-1990s was a watershed moment in the transformation of gender/women’s studies in Taiwan

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Yunxiang Yan

number of young villagers have simply ignored the age-old custom of post-marital co-residence to establish their own nuclear families immediately after marriage. 3 Moreover, the stigma of living apart from one’s married son(s) has practically disappeared since a majority of the rural elderly who are

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Helen M. Schneider

charged with wartime mobilisation submitted a report to the headquarters of the Women’s Advisory Council of the New Life Movement in Chongqing. In it, team leader Gu-Xu Wenrong (顾许文容) reiterated a point Madame Chiang Kai-shek (Song Meiling) made in a speech given in India. 1 In that talk, Gu-Xu claimed

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7I immigrants to maintain strong connections with their homelands while eas- ily orienting their lifestyle and habits to the society in which they live. As the boundaries of nations have become blurred, and the acceleration of cultural How motivates every member of society to be a global citizen

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David Koh

Vietnam in 1945 took Hanoi as its capital, Hanoi became a magnet for rural– urban migration. Weak public education of ideas on how former rural residents should adjust to an urban living environment has been part of an explanation for a number of social problems, including littering, and for the concern

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Elsie Seckyee Ho (何式怡) and Lan-hung Nora Chiang (姜蘭虹)

Introduction Many families migrate for better opportunities in life and a better future for their children. This process often disconnects individuals from their extended family and support networks, including significant social and cultural connections. 1 However, with globalization and

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Lu Pan

According to Karl Scheffler, Berlin was full of modern ugliness. Unlike Paris, Vienna and London, it lacked the spirit that qualifies a real modern metropolis. He blew critique against the city’s provincialism due to its over-acceleration of the city form and its life pace. 11 The time of Berlin’s rapid

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Unn Målfrid Rolandsen

elsewhere take part in volunteering. A survey among youth in Beijing suggests that the factors motivating youth to spend time on volunteer work are their interest in the public good, the chance to make life more meaningful, the chance to increase their knowledge and skills and the chance to acquire work

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Claudia Derichs and Thomas Heberer

-building cannot be analysed by recording ‘the state of the nation’ at a certain point in time because a nation is a dynamic phe- nomenon and is therefore subject to constant change. Not least of all, the population itself has to be motivated to become involved in cre- ating, supporting and shaping the nation. The

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everyday life: Sushi shops are mushrooming in Europe’s cities, o ff ering now food that is intended to satisfy a longing for authentic taste. Not only comic shops but also “serious” bookshops sell manga, some of them even having Japanese editions in stock. Japanese pop music and movies receive remarkable