By Huifen Shen

In China's Left-Behind Wives, Huifen Shen tells the extraordinary story of an overlooked group of women who played an important role in one of the largest waves of migration in history. For roughly a century starting around 1850, large numbers of young men from southern China travelled to Southeast Asia in search of work. Some were married and others returned to marry, but they routinely left their wives in China to handle family affairs. Drawing on in-depth interviews, archival materials, local gazetteers, newspapers and periodicals, the author describes the experiences of left-behind wives in the Quanzhou region of Fujian from the 1930s to the 1950s, a time when war and political change caused customary practices to break down.


Language: English 
Paperback; 268 pages
ISBN: 978-988-8139-78-1

Size: 15 X 23cm

China's Left-Behind Wives

SKU: BH053
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