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The Twenty-five Maiden Ladies’ Tomb and Predicaments of the Feminist Movement in Taiwan

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  • Anru Lee

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  • Wen-hui Tang

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“The Twenty-five Maiden Ladies’ Tomb” is the collective burial site of the female workers who died in a ferry accident on their way to work in 1973. The fact that of the more than 70 passengers on board all 25 who died were unmarried young women, and the taboo in Taiwanese culture that shuns unmarried female ghosts, made the Tomb a fearsome place. Feminists in Gaoxiong (高雄) had for some years wanted the city government to change the tomb’s public image. Their calls were not answered until the Gaoxiong mayor’s office finally allocated money to clean up the gravesite and, as part of the city’s plans to develop urban tourism, to remake it into the tourist-friendly “Memorial Park for Women Labourers”. Consequently, even though the tomb renovation seemed to indicate a triumph of the feminist endeavour, it was more a result of the Gaoxiong city government’s efforts towards culture-led urban revitalization.

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  • Anru Lee & Wen-hui Tang, 2010. "The Twenty-five Maiden Ladies’ Tomb and Predicaments of the Feminist Movement in Taiwan," Journal of Current Chinese Affairs - China aktuell, Institute of Asian Studies, GIGA German Institute of Global and Area Studies, Hamburg, vol. 39(3), pages 23-49.
  • Handle: RePEc:gig:chaktu:v:39:y:2010:i:3:p:23-49
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