Women, sport and gender politics in Taiwan
chapterposted on 16.08.2018, 10:18 by Ying Chiang, Alan BairnerAlan Bairner
In 2016, Tsai Ing-wen became the first woman to be elected President of Taiwan (Republic of China). The extent to which this indicated a major shift in the country’s gender politics remains to be seen. However, analysis of the status of women in the field of sport in Taiwan offers interesting insights into the island’s gender power balance. This chapter examines the degree to which Taiwanese female athletes have been able to emerge as sporting heroes of the nation and the ways in which the Taiwan media represent the relationship between women and sport more generally. Although evidence of change can be found, the overall impression is that sporting women, as both participants and fans, continue to struggle for parity of esteem with their male counterparts.
- Sport, Exercise and Health Sciences