Author’s Note:

The World of Chinese - - Dragon's Digest -

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?

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