Book launch event : Reproductive politics in East Asia : rethinking reproductive agency amid demographic crises

  • LAI, Y. S. R. (Speaker)
  • Susanne CHOI (Speaker)
  • Jhu-cin JHANG (Speaker)
  • Yin Cheung SHOAN (Speaker)
  • Sealing CHENG (Speaker)

Activity: Talks or PresentationsOther Invited Talks or Presentations


Since the beginning of the 21st century, East Asia has entered an era of demographic crisis — with an expanding ageing population and a persistent decline in the fertility rate. While increasing the fertility rate has become an urgent task for East Asian governments and societies, individual reproductive agency has been neglected under the dominant pronatalist rhetoric. Reproduction is a private experience and a matter of personal freedom and bodily autonomy, yet it is subsumed under the state's biopolitical governance through various regulatory measures. This book launch, as well as the interdisciplinary panel, focuses on the reproductive politics in East Asia and brings to light diverse reproductive experiences and subjectivities, including premarital abortion in mainland China, abortion politics in Taiwan, contraceptive decision-making in Japan, and reproductive aspirations in mainland China. It explores a timely and under-addressed topic, offering insights into the relationship between personal and public politics in the context of reproduction.
Period10 Mar 2023
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