‘The Chinese Virtue’ and ‘The Good Old Days’

Part of the Palgrave Macmillan Studies in Family and Intimate Life book series (PSFL)


For Chinese-British inter-ethnic families with homemaking marriage-migrant Chinese wives, ethnic-cum-gender identities such as domestic Chinese women and masculine British men seem to play important roles in the formation and organisation of their family and social lives. Exploring the couple’s consensual accounts and the individual narratives of the British husbands and the Chinese wives respectively, this chapter shows that people’s reification of intersecting ethnic and gender identities is closely embedded in changing gender relations and ongoing individualisation in China and the UK. As today’s intermarriage may embody complex exchanges of social, cultural and symbolic resources that are otherwise devalued in one’s local marriage market, adaptive strategies to country-specific sociocultural constraints are no longer confined to geographic and ethnic borders.


Chinese Woman Chinese Community Chinese Parent International Social Survey Programme Filial Obligation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yang Hu
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  1. 1.Department of SociologyUniversity of EssexEssexUK

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