Date of Award

Spring 5-15-2022

Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts (MFA)




Hsu, Ginnie

Subject Categories

Arts and Humanities | East Asian Languages and Societies | Feminist, Gender, and Sexuality Studies | Women's Studies


This thesis discusses some of the current dilemmas faced by women in East Asia. Women from different life backgrounds may make different choices when faced with life paths, but whether they choose to pursue a career or return to the family, there are potential pitfalls and no easy paths left for them. In the first part, the paper explores gender issues from a global perspective, the road to gender equality for women in Asian countries lags far behind that of the Nordic countries and has a long way to go. This thesis then analyses the situation from within the East Asian countries themselves and discusses the historical and social reasons for this situation. In the following section, some examples of the three East Asian countries are specifically expanded. In the past decade, China, Japan and South Korea have sparked a huge debate on gender issues. On the one hand, some traditional concepts of patriarchal society are gradually disintegrating in such a change, and on the other hand, the women themselves are under great pressure and suffering from this change. The road ahead of them is not an easy one, but it is a necessary one for women's liberation.


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