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Housework and Gender in Nuclear versus Extended Family Households: Experiences of Taiwanese Immigrants in Canada
Journal of Comparative Family Studies (2008)
  • Shirley Hsiao-Li Sun, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
Abstract

This paper examines intergenerational and gender relations in the Chinese family system by comparing the division of household labor in nuclear and extended family households. Indepth interview data with thirty-seven new Taiwanese immigrants in Canada show that, in their household practices in Taiwan, the presence of the older generation intensifies the gendered division of labor between spouses, even in matrilocal residences. Husbands do not participate in housework in either patrilocal or matrilocal households. However, shared housework between couples is observed among less well-to-do nuclear families. In general, the dominance of traditional gender norms prevails, especially under extended family living arrangements. In contrast, nuclear family arrangements provide conditions for gender equality.

Publication Date
Winter 2008
Citation Information
Sun, Shirley Hsiao-Li. (2008) "Housework and Gender in Nuclear versus Extended Family Households: Experiences of Taiwanese Immigrants in Canada" Journal of Comparative Family Studies XXXIX (1): 1-17. Available at: http://works.bepress.com/shirleysun/1