A World Inverted

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


This chapter explores the everyday life of Chinese-British inter-ethnic families with Chinese husbands. It presents a ‘double reversal’ of ethnic and gender roles that occurs when Chinese husbands assume the unconventional role of homemaker in inter-ethnic families. While the Chinese husbands experienced varying levels of social, cultural and political marginalisation due to intermarriage in China, migration from China to the UK helps free them from such marginalisation. Nevertheless, intermarriage and migration also bring changes to the Chinese husbands’ ethnic and gender roles at home and at work, which equally entails demands for their British wives’ changing roles. Examining the families’ social and extended-family connections, the chapter concludes with a discussion of the multiple fronts in the revolution of intermarriage and the male gender role.


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Authors and Affiliations

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

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