Introduction: Situating Gender, Care, and Migration in East Asia

  • Reiko Ogawa
  • Akiko S. Oishi
  • Raymond K. H. Chan
  • Lih-Rong Wang
Part of the Series in Asian Labor and Welfare Policies book series (Series in Asian Labor and Welfare Policies)


This chapter contextualizes the issues discussed in this volume by first outlining the similar ways in which care has been transformed across East Asia. These include the unprecedented degree of demographic change relating to low fertility rates and population aging, increasing numbers of women entering the labor market, changing forms of families, and the expansion of paid care. It then elaborates divergent strategies through which provisions of care have become commodified, including the introduction of migrant care workers, who have emerged at the forefront of the uneven process of globalization. Finally, it presents the summary of the remaining chapters.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Reiko Ogawa
    • 1
  • Akiko S. Oishi
    • 1
  • Raymond K. H. Chan
    • 2
  • Lih-Rong Wang
    • 3
  1. 1.Graduate School of Social SciencesChiba UniversityChibaJapan
  2. 2.Department of Applied Social SciencesCity University of Hong KongKowloon TongHong Kong
  3. 3.Department of Social WorkNational Taiwan UniversityTaipeiTaiwan

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