Women's Roles in Asia
by Kathleen Nadeau and Sangita Rayamajhi
June 2013, 208pp, 6 1/8 x 9 1/4
1 volume, Greenwood

Hardcover: 978-0-313-39748-6
$70, £54, 61€, A96
eBook Available: 978-0-313-39749-3
Please contact your preferred eBook vendor for pricing.

As is the case with many minority groups, Western media portrayals of Asian women are often based on negative stereotypes. Erroneous, but accepted, images of this group—a result of cultural misperceptions, language barriers, and unfamiliarity with Eastern-based customs—permeate our society. Regardless, women have played an essential role throughout history, and female achievements fill Asia’s past.

This insightful book examines women's lives across Asia, challenging typical stereotypes and providing a fresh look at the changing role of women in various regions of the vast continent.

All around the world, women’s important role in history has only recently been acknowledged. Asia is no exception. Despite a long record of achievements, women’s experiences in South, Southeast, and East Asia go largely untold. This compelling book looks at women’s lives in contemporary Asia, and reviews the cultural similarities—and differences—in the patterns and experiences of women across various regions.

Women’s Roles in Asia examines the full scope of women’s lives throughout history, including specific topics such as education, family life, marriage and childbearing, religion, public life, economics, legal status, and literature and the arts. A timeline and introduction provide a backdrop to the events, achievements, and issues that have impacted Asian women from pre-colonial time to the present day.


  • Photographs provide visual context to topics
  • A helpful glossary defines terms and acronyms
Kathleen Nadeau, PhD, is professor of anthropology at California State University, San Bernardino. Her published works include ABC-CLIO's Encyclopedia of Asian American Folklore and Folklife, Greenwood's The History of the Philippines, and Praeger's Liberation Theology in the Philippines.

Sangita Rayamajhi, PhD, is professor of literature and women’s studies at the Central Department of English, Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu, Nepal, and instructor of Asian and world literature at the Asian University for Women in Bangladesh. Her published works include Can a Woman Rebel?; All Mother's are Working Mothers; and Women in Politics: Semantics of Capacity Enhancement.


"A succinct analysis and overview of important issues for Asian and women’s studies collections. "—Library Journal, November 15, 2013

"This is a brief yet engaging and informative volume that makes a large amount of scholarly information about women’s lives in Asia accessible to a general audience. Highly recommended for most public and undergraduate academic libraries." —Booklist, September 15, 2013

"Nadeau and Rayamajhi provide a broad understanding of women’s lives in historic and contemporary Asia and seek to challenge stereotypical images of Asian women as portrayed by Western media in this well-researched book."—ARBA, September 1, 2013
By clicking “Accept All Cookies”, you agree to the storing of cookies on your device to enhance site navigation, analyze site usage, and assist in our marketing efforts.
Accept All Cookies | Decline.