ABSTRACT

The longer I spent in the field and talked to the villagers, the more I saw the nuances and discrepancies that occur in the gender divide. Of the villagers that I talked to in the two villages, age and education played a significant role in determining their perception of, and the observed reality regarding, the division of labour. This is especially striking in the case of female informants. Class, though one of the determining factors identified by scholars who have studied Hong Kong (Cheung 2007; Johnson 1975; R. Watson 1985), was not apparent in the villages I study. This finding is in contrast to Rubie Watson’s (1981, 1985) conclusions regarding Ha Tsuen, that the ‘relationship is best understood not at the level of personal manipulation but as part of a complex of interlocking structures that create the conditions by which one class dominates another’ (1985: 168).