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The twenty-five maiden ladies' tomb and predicaments of the feminist movement in Taiwan

Das Grab der 25 Jungfrauen und die Dilemmata der feministischen Bewegung in Taiwan
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Lee, Anru; Tang, Wen-hui Anna

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Abstract "The Twenty-five Maiden Ladies' Tomb" is the collective burial site of the female workers who died in a ferry accident on their way to work in 1973. The fact that of the more than 70 passengers on board all 25 who died were unmarried young women, and the taboo in Taiwanese culture that shuns unmarried female ghosts, made the Tomb a fearsome place. Feminists in Gaoxiong had for some years wanted the city government to change the tomb's public image. Their calls were not answered until the Gaoxiong mayor's office finally allocated money to clean up the gravesite and, as part of the city's plans to develop urban tourism, to remake it into the tourist-friendly "Memorial Park for Women Labourers". Consequently, even though the tomb renovation seemed to indicate a triumph of the feminist endeavour, it was more a result of the Gaoxiong city government's efforts towards culture-led urban revitalization.
Keywords memorial; cemetery; woman; women's movement; urban development; religion; disaster; shipping; gender; wedding; discourse; cultural factors; government; Taiwan; accident; death; young adult; memory; symbol; historical development; Asia
Classification Women's Studies, Feminist Studies, Gender Studies; Social History, Historical Social Research
Method descriptive study; empirical; qualitative empirical; historical
Free Keywords Social science; women's studies; women's movements; marriage; urban development; contemporary
Document language English
Publication Year 2010
Page/Pages p. 23-49
Journal Journal of Current Chinese Affairs, 39 (2010) 3
ISSN 1868-4874
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works