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Understanding Chinese FamiliesA Comparative Study of Taiwan and Southeast China$
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C. Y. Cyrus Chu and Ruoh-Rong Yu

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199578092

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199578092.001.0001

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Housework and Household Decisions

Housework and Household Decisions

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(p.112) 6 Housework and Household Decisions
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Understanding Chinese Families
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C. Y. Cyrus Chu

Ruoh‐Rong Yu

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199578092.003.0006

Both sociologists and economists predict that the couple's relative resource holding determines their respective position in the family. This hypothesis is investigated in China and Taiwan from two different angles: the decision power of regular family decisions and the sharing of housework. Concerning household decisions, it is found that the above‐mentioned resource theory is basically valid in Chinese societies. An additional phenomenon observed is that co‐residing with the husband's parents decreases the wife's decision power. Concerning housework sharing, the wives' load in China is relatively lower and the pattern is more like that in the USA, whereas the wives' housework load in Taiwan is much heavier, similar to the case of Japan. In addition, co‐residing with the husband's parents in Taiwan also increases the wife's housework.

Keywords:   housework, household decisions, relative resource, decision power, co‐residence

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