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Chastity and Politics:Chastity Stories and Women’s Life in Taiwan in the Qing Dynasty
Pages: 67-76
Year: Issue:  4
Journal: Taiwan Research Quarterly

Keyword:  Taiwan in the Qing Dynastychastitysocial moralswomen’s life;
Abstract: Taiwan’s early chastity stories were closely related to the political unrest in the transitional period from the Ming to Qing Dynasty, which was reflected in the national trauma of the writers at that time. At the early stage of its administration in Taiwan, the Qing government began to energetically advocate women’s chastity and filial piety in order to turn the gratitude of Taiwan people for Zheng Chenggong’s political power in the Ming Dynasty into their recognition and support of the new regime in the Qing Dynasty. Meanwhile, the advocacy of chastity also proceeded from the actual need for the improvement of the social morals of Taiwan immigrants. With the gradual expansion of commendation scope and scale by the Qing government, the num-ber of Taiwan chastity women had increased dramatically. On the other hand, as chastity is widely typical of the Taiwan women in society in the Qing Dynasty, it may help us through their stories understand better the social status and the women’s life in that period of time.
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