IIAS Newsletter 45 Autumn 2007

'Daughter-in-law for the second time': Taiwanese mothers-in-law in the family of cross-border marriage

Hsing-Miao Chi

In traditional Chinese society, the older generations of women in kinship relations had more power than the younger ones. However, with the transformation of Taiwanese society and family form, contemporary mothersin- law are often described as the generation of women ‘caught in between’, no longer commanding the privilege and authority of their mothers-in-law’s generation, but with high expectations of their own daughters-in-law.

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