Chinese Fatherhood, Gender and Family

Father Mission

  • Mario Liong

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-x
  2. Mario Liong
    Pages 73-107
  3. Mario Liong
    Pages 109-137
  4. Mario Liong
    Pages 139-170
  5. Mario Liong
    Pages 171-186
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 187-224

About this book


This book is about how Chinese men make sense of and practise fatherhood within the context of changing gender conventions and socio-cultural conditions. Liong analyses data from participant observations at a men’s centre, focus groups, and in-depth interviews, to assess the subjective experience and identities of Chinese fathers in Hong Kong, from a gender perspective.

His findings show that economic provision, education, and marriage are the three “natural” and “normal” domains of paternity. Not being able to fulfil these requirements is a threat to fathers’ masculinity, yet is also an opportunity for fathers to reflect upon these accepted conventions.  In order to compensate, these men typically develop a closer and more caring relationship with their children, however these fathers still struggle with feelings of inferiority.



intimate life men women China paternity masculinity tradition sociology Extra-marital Affairs marriage husbands wives Hong Kong class children childhood family father gender

Authors and affiliations

  • Mario Liong
    • 1
  1. 1.Centennial CollegePok Fu LamHong Kong

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