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Gender, Care and Migration in East Asia

  • Reiko Ogawa
  • Raymond K.H. Chan
  • Akiko S. Oishi
  • Lih-Rong Wang
  • Assesses how care work and provision is gendered in individual countries such as Japan, Taiwan, Korea and Hong Kong

  • Discusses immigrant care policy in East Asia and illustrates the social exclusion experienced by immigrant care workers

  • Combines a macro and micro perspectives to provide a comprehensive picture of the background, implementation and consequence of immigrant care worker policies in different countries


Part of the Series in Asian Labor and Welfare Policies book series (Series in Asian Labor and Welfare Policies)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvi
  2. Reiko Ogawa, Akiko S. Oishi, Raymond K. H. Chan, Lih-Rong Wang
    Pages 1-22
  3. Gendered Care in East Asian Societies

  4. The Well-Being of Migrant Care Workers: Micro-Perspectives

  5. Migration and Care Regimes in East Asia: Macro-Perspectives

  6. Back Matter
    Pages 215-222

About this book


This collection provides a comparative analysis of care arrangements in relation to issues of gender and transnational migration, social policy and labour migration in East Asia. Bridging the key topics of migration and gendered cared work through cross country comparisons, it examines how care work and welfare arrangements have been shaped by national and global forces against the backdrop of changing gender relationships, the rise of female labour force participation, low fertility rates and population aging in East Asia. It particularly addresses the ‘feminization of migration’ which is a salient feature of migration in Asia today as more women from developing countries undertake domestic work and care work in Japan, Taiwan, South Korea and Hong Kong. Addressing the issue of care in relation to employment, care and migration regimes in East Asia and the interaction among welfare regimes, labour markets and work-care balance, this collection provides an up-to-date assessment of gendered transnational migration in the region and sheds light on local and transnational policies and practices which aim to improve the welfare of families and migrant workers.


Labour and Welfare Policy in Asia Migration Studies and East Asia Social Policy and Care Giving Gendered Migration Studies in Asia Gendered Care Work Population Aging and Economic Development in East Asia Work Life Balance Employment Regime and Social Policy

Editors and affiliations

  • Reiko Ogawa
    • 1
  • Raymond K.H. Chan
    • 2
  • Akiko S. Oishi
    • 3
  • Lih-Rong Wang
    • 4
  1. 1.Chiba UniversityChibaJapan
  2. 2.City University of Hong KongHong Kong
  3. 3.Chiba UniversityChibaJapan
  4. 4.National Taiwan UniversityTaipeiTaiwan

About the editors

Reiko Ogawa is Associate Professor at the Graduate School of Social Sciences, Chiba University, Japan.

Raymond K H Chan is Associate Professor  at the Department of Applied Social Sciences, City University of Hong Kong.

Akiko S Oishi is Professor at the Graduate School of Social Sciences, Chiba University.

Lih-Rong Wang is Professor at the Department of Social Work, National Taiwan University. 

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Gender, Care and Migration in East Asia
  • Editors Reiko Ogawa
    Raymond K.H. Chan
    Akiko S. Oishi
    Lih-Rong Wang
  • Series Title Series in Asian Labor and Welfare Policies
  • Series Abbreviated Title Series in Asian Labor and Welfare Policies
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Singapore
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-981-10-7024-2
  • Softcover ISBN 978-981-13-4988-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-981-10-7025-9
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVI, 222
  • Number of Illustrations 41 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Politics of the Welfare State
    Gender Studies
    Social Policy
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