Women in the New Asia: The Changing Social Roles of Men and Women in South and South-East Asia

Women in the New Asia: The Changing Social Roles of Men and Women in South and South-East Asia

Women in the New Asia: The Changing Social Roles of Men and Women in South and South-East Asia

Women in the New Asia: The Changing Social Roles of Men and Women in South and South-East Asia

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In this book Unesco is daring to ask for trouble--for to study the relations between the roles of two sexes is to do just that. Probably no other topic excites more argument and less agreement, and probably on no other topic is the argument more heated and the disagreement more profound. Nevertheless, we have endeavoured to set out facts and suggest conclusions for the common reader in the West, and also--we hope--in the East, to ponder upon. We hope our endeavour will provoke new argument--perhaps less heated and more enlightened; we even dare to hope that it may produce some measure of agreement here and there.

Our object is quite simple. It is to put before the ordinary reader in the West the fruits of a two years' gathering of material made under the auspices of the Unesco Major Project on Mutual Appreciation of Eastern and Western Cultural Values. We are not writing for academics or officials; we are simply hoping to interest ordinary people, men and women in the West, in the experiences and problems of their fellows in the East. (If Easterners also find the book interest--written as it is mostly by other Easterners--so much the better.)

But we would like to think that we could do a little more. After all, a mere dilettante interest is somewhat unrewarding. And the topics we have written about are far from that. As any newspaper editor knows, one has only to start a correspondence on the position of women--at home or at work, cooking or typing, superior or inferior, angels or devils--to make sure of having a supply of material for the next six months. At the present moment of history all Western countries are undergoing social changes as profound in their own ways as those occurring in Africa or Asia. Foremost among them are the . . .

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