Performing Gendered and Ethnic Sociability: Spatial Practices of Chinese Women Bartenders in an Italian City
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摘要Based on an ethnographic study of Chinese-owned coffee bars in Bologna, a northern city of Italy, this paper seeks to explore how Chinese wives practice emotional work in one of the most important social spaces for Italian urban life. In it I examine how Chinese migrant women contribute to their family economy through spatialized practices and further addresses how such contributions in turn shapes family gender relations. Even though many of these Chinese women arrived in Italy as passive migrants for family unification, most of them have played an essential role in the process of upward economic mobility of their family. They have actively joined the workplace together with their husbands, contributed their own aspirations and emotional work, and involved themselves in the business aspects of family self-employment. The traditional gendered family politics and especially the public/domestic dichotomy does not seem to fit the gendered division of labor of Chinese migrant families in Italy. When the family business requires frequent interactions with the Italian society, a stereotypical “oriental femininity” is actually widely appreciated. With the focus on the practice of gendered and ethnic sociability of Chinese female bartenders in the Italian coffee bars, this paper will illustrate the subjectivity of Chinese female petty entrepreneurs for negotiating and manipulating gender roles in a family-managed public space, in which the boundary between public and domestic realms is rather blurred.
著者TING DENG
會議名稱2016 AAS (AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF ASIAN STUDIES) IN ASIA CONFERENCE
會議開始日24.06.2016
會議完結日27.06.2016
會議地點KYOTO
會議國家/地區日本
出版年份2016
語言美式英語

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