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Transnational Social Support by Cornelia Schweppe, Wolfgang Schröer, Adrienne Chambon

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7    Sisters in Struggle?

Wars Between Daughters-in-lawand Migrant Workers

Frank T. Y. Wang and Chin-ju Lin

INTRODUCTION

One of the characteristics of welfare states in East Asian countries is the influence of Confucian culture (Lee and Ku 2007; Kwon 2005; Holliday 2000; Ku, 1995; Jones 1993). Caring for frail family members is considered to be a family responsibility under the influence of Confucianism, rather than a social issue to be dealt with by the state. By privatising caring responsibility for frail persons, social policies become subordinate to economic policies, which are aimed at economic development. Although Taiwan, South Korea, and Japan share the influence of Confucian teaching, what distinguishes Taiwan from South Korea and Japan ...

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