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ASIAN AM 160 Lecture 4: Asian American History Lecture 4

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Fall 2016

Department
Asian American Studies
Course Code
ASIAN AM 160
Professor
Cheng Cindy
Lecture
4

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Women and the West
“Westward Waiting”
oManagers of household
Status increased
oWaiting for husbands to come home
In China and other states in the U.S.
Apart for years or life
Missionaries
oMoral to travel alone
oDoing God’s bidding
Prostitutes
oOccupy an “ambivalent” position in U.S.
Not ok or socially acceptable to be a prostitute
Ok or socially acceptable for men to go to prostitutes
oProstitution and Migrancy
Women who are poor find jobs in prostitution
oProstitutes already have the stigma of being immoral
What do they have to lose
Chinese Women and the West
Chinese wives of merchants
oMerchants were always allowed in the U.S.
Trade is profitable for U.S.
Merchants facilitated trade
oThese women led bound lives
Prostitutes
Chinese Prostitution
Prostitution and Chinese migrant workers
oGender norms in China
oSocial/Sexual needs
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Women and the West  “Westward Waiting” o Managers of household  Status increased o Waiting for husbands to come home  In China and other states in the U.S.  Apart for years or life  Missionaries o Moral to travel alone o Doing God’s bidding  Prostitutes o Occupy an “ambivalent” position in U.S.  Not ok or socially acceptable to be a prostitute  Ok or socially acceptable for men to go to prostitutes o Prostitution and Migrancy  Women who are poor find jobs in prostitution o Prostitutes already have the stigma of being immoral  What do they have to lose Chinese Women and the West  Chinese wives of merchants o Merchants were always allowed in the U.S.  Trade is profitable for U.S.  Merchants facilitated trade o These women led bound lives  Prostitutes Chinese Prostitution  Prostitution and Chinese migrant workers o Gender norms in China o Social/Sexual needs  Men were not staying permanently  Did not need to settle down or start a family o Business venture for both Chinese men and Chinese women  Women sent money home to families  Who were these women and why would they come? o From poor families o Kidnapped/Sold o Sex Workers, Brothel Owners, Cheap Laborers, Wives (Some Chinese men bought prostitutes and married them) Gender, Sex, and Chinese Immigration  Gross gender imbalance; San Francisco in 1850, 4018 men and 7 women  Belief that all Chinese women were prostitutes as dictated by 1870 census o Category for Labor and Prostitutes on census  Stigma of “Chines
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