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Featured Academic News Story: Women's Experiences in a Chinese Economic Zone

Story posted February 04, 2004

Nancy Riley, associate professor of sociology and anthropology at Bowdoin, has spent six years talking with women who migrated from rural villages to work in the economic zone of Dalian, a city in northeast China.

For rural Chinese hoping to find a way to move to the more lucrative jobs and better education found in a city, the path to a new life is forged by the wife and mother. Though they lack power in the way many Western women understand it, for many Chinese women this role is of supreme importance in their lives.

"China is a great place to think about these issues because they have this rhetoric about women being equal," Riley said. "But it's mostly rhetoric."

Read more about Riley's research and upcoming book on Bowdoin's Academic News site.

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