explores shifts in fortune among the overseas Chinese communities. When I first went to study in Hong Kong, mainlanders were considered unsophisticated and behind the times. Now, mainland elites are decked out in designer- brand clothing, purchase luxury apartments, and send their children to study in Ivy League universities. Meanwhile, mainland women (like myself), born in the post-1980s period of rapid economic growth, received the best opportunities that money could buy, and were treated like their male counterparts perhaps for the first time in Chinese history. How have the different generations of overseas Chinese negotiated these new power dynamics? And has this second coming of the “new woman” phenomenon allowed women to choose a path that is different from what was prescribed by tradition?