It’s time to say goodbye.

Just like the title of this post,

It’s time to say goodbye to my learning log, to my Unit 3…

SAD

I want to apologize to my learning log.

Because I didn’t use it very well before Unit 3.

But recently, according to my previous handwritten journal,

I added some posts which I did not post in Unit 1 and Unit 2.

So, please also see my posts in Unit 1 and Unit 2.

Thank you for looking through : )

Reading List 7

I found this book is quite interesting in Waterstones bookstore this week. I do not have enough time to finish the book before my deadline. I put it here as part of my bibliography. I will keep on reading this book.

Brunsdon, C. (2003). The feminist, the housewife, and the soap opera. Oxford: Clarendon Press.

A Conclusion of Research Questions Changing

  • In China, how can stay at home dads and moms do good in both childhood education, family relationship and also achieve their own value/ ambition?
  • How can I create a face to face space or community for Chinese stay-at-home parents, nearly marriage people and work parents learn and influence from each other?
  • How to create a face to face space to help Chinese stay at home moms share and learn from each other?
  • How can I create a face to face space to help Chinese stay at home parents share and learn from each other?
  • How can interactive space enable Chinese parents to develop a community of practice and sharing in a supportive network?
  • How to improve Chinese housewives’ stay-at-home life by creating an interactive space as a community for them to practice and share in a supportive network?
  • How can a weekly workshop create a supportive network for Chinese stay-at-home moms to share resources with each other?
  • How can a weekly workshop facilitate a supportive network that surfaces unrecognized resources in Chinese housewives? 
  • How to use WeChat Official Account to build a supportive network to facilitate communication in Chinese housewives? 
  • How can WeChat Official Account (a Chinese popular we-media platform ) facilitate communication between Chinese housewives, build a supportive network and a community for them to share resources?
  • How can WeChat Official Account (a Chinese popular we-media platform ) facilitate communication between Chinese stay-at-home women, build a supportive network and a community for them to share resources?
  • How can a popular media platform in China be used to help to build a supportive, resource sharing community of Chinese stay-at-home women?
  • How can WeChat official accounts (a platform on a popular Chinese SNS application) facilitate communication among Chinese stay-at-home women and build a community for them to share resources in a supportive network?

Stay-at-home mom & artist: Kara Western

The stay-at-home mom, Kara Western, also is an illustrator.

She painted the book on the hard, tiring, delightful, beautiful, challenging, terrible, and other things that only parents would understand in the day. It was these life-changing experiences that inspired Kara, whether it was a daily job like washing clothes or an exciting time for James, the first step for the babies, and Kara patiently recorded them, and let us cherish these often overlooked moments together.

These are her drawings on Instagram. Her way to be a stay-at-home mom gave me inspiration on doing my recent intervention on WeChat official account. I would like to post this kind of experiences or case on “Mrs. stay-at-home”.

Stay-at-home mom & artist: Oookickooo

Japanese popular illustrator Oookickooo (formerly known as Chrysanthemum Chi Wenzi), a stay-at-home mom, originally only on the social platform in the way of illustrations, sharing her fashion observation and life drip. Later, because of her personal style of illustrations, as well as fashionable and stylish wearing skills, attracted a large number of netizens warm pursuit. Therefore, by hand-drawn notes out of the book, professors wear the focus and skills. With 120 shapes, the book focuses on the focus of each season, such as the spring suitable for shirts, denim apparel, and printing.

 

Intervention D

 Because of the feedbacks given by Mrs. Gao, I was struggling with the research topic. But finally, I decided to change the topic from “face-to-face space” and “interactive space” to “WeChat official account”. It cannot be denied that it is probably a better way to get in touch with Chinese stay-at-home women than finding them on street. Also, this platform is convenient to be popularised.

It was conducted by creating a WeChat official account named “Mrs. Stay-at-home.” with a project introduction posted on the account as the first step. At the end of the post, it asked: “Do you think such a platform makes sense for a full-time wife? If you have any views, please leave your comments below.”

Up to now, a total of 223 likes and 44 reviews have been received.

Screenshots of my post on WeChat official account.

The colorful square pictures are the people’s profile who gave me a like on my research question and intervention.

This shows part of the comments I have received.

Based on the current feedback from the intervention, it can be seen that it is easier and more convenient to receive feedbacks from the WeChat official account than previous ways. For stakeholders, approaching this intervention is not compulsive and participation depends entirely on their own willingness. While this form seems to run counter to the original space or community I want to build, it is still a way to get access to the stay-at-home women’s group. 

In the process of developing this official account afterward, I plan to post good cases of being a stay-at-home woman on a daily basis, in order to give Chinese stay-at-home women more options and choices of being stay-at-home. For instance, they can choose to be a freelance like Kara Western, a stay-at-home mom, and illustrator who records her stay-at-home life by creative drawing.

I will keep doing this intervention.

Other significance of doing the Research

Many Chinese women want to be stay-at-home women which are a result of the harsh working environment and the new two-child policy. First, China has a  traditional value that “men make money, women manage homes.” For instance, according to Guan Ying (2016) “the proportion of stay-at-home parents in the family of 0-18-year-old children in China is already as high as 16%, 70% of which are moms” (Guan Ying 2016) Second, the gender discrimination in the workplace can be seen in China, and the fewer salary makes women more likely to stay at home rather than man. Besides, the two-child policy makes parenting harder for a family, and some women want to focus more on their families and children.

This data is derived from 16,450 parents in more than 600 cities across the country in 2017. From Aesop Children’s Research Advisory’s (www.answer-child.com) research, the data show that with the implementation of the “second child” policy, 13.3% of Chinese parents said they would give birth to second child, after the birth of second child, 30.5% said they would undoubtedly be housewives. 32.7% said it was possible to have a second child, and after giving birth to second child, 12.7% said they would undoubtedly be housewives.

UC Big data released the “Chinese Mother” anxiety index “report. Professionally, the third place on the anxiety list is a housewife. Also, 67.9% of women said they did not consider being housewives after giving birth, according to the survey. The primary reason is the psychological imbalance caused by graduation from society (79%), followed by the fact that life pressure is too high (65.4%), another 58.6% of women worry about long-term non-work caused by the relationship between husband and wife, and 50.5% of women have their pursuit and ideal for the cause. The report shows that housewives are third behind the anxiety index, second only to mothers working in finance and the Internet. For housewives who are bent on their children, their anxiety is not only about teaching their children, dealing with household chores, but also about the financial pressures of a reduced income.

Reading List 6

1. Chinese Part

杨善华:《城乡家庭——市场经济与非农化背景下的变迁》,浙江:浙江人民出版社,2000 年。

叶文振:《中国女性的社会地位及其影响因素》,《人口学刊》,2003 年第 5 期。

左际平:《从多元视角分析中国城市的夫妻不平等》,《妇女研究论丛》,2002 年第 1 期。

张萍:《中国妇女的现状》,北京:红旗出版社,1995 年。

张晓春:《现代社会都市中家庭主妇的角色》,《中央研究民族学研究所集刊》,1974 年第 37 期。

张莹:《社会性别视角应用研究》,北京:知识产权出版社,2007 年。

郑丹丹:《日常生活与家庭权力——家庭权力自我评价的影响因素分析》,载于蒋永萍主编:《世 纪之交的中国妇女社会地位》,北京:当代中国出版社,2003 年。

2. English Part

Safilios and Rothschild, C. “The Study of Family Power Structure: A Review 1960 to 1969.” Journal of Marriage and the Family,vol. 32.no.4(May 1970)

Warner, R.L., G.R.Lee, “Social Organization, Spousal Resources, and Marital Power: A Cross 2 Cultural Study.” Journal of Marriage and the Family .vol.48.no.1(Aug 1986)

A Day of Chinese Stay-at-home women

Recently, I searched “stay-at-home mom” and “stay-at-home wife” on Chinese social network Weibo. The results are limited. Only a few bloggers tag themselves as “stay-at-home mom” or “stay-at-home wife”. But when I click in, I found that only two of them are post/use this blog on a daily basis. I cannot imagine such a  big net world why only 2 are stay-at-home? Because when I search for the food blogger, fashion blogger, beauty blogger, the resources are very much.

Here are the screenshots which show the bloggers who tag themselves as “stay-at-home”.

I contacted the two bloggers who are using this on a daily basis and asked them if they can share with me their stay-at-home life with some photos. Fortunately, they both are willing to share with me about one day of them.

1. Yugoo, a young stay-at-home mom with her baby.

Taking a selfie with  her baby

Drawing with her baby

2.Xiaohui’s mom, who has 20,000 followers in Weibo.

Preparing a meal and sharing the recipe with netizens

Preparing Bun for the family, which is a traditional food in China.

British Case Study: National Childbirth Trust

NCT (National Childbirth Trust) is the UK’s largest parent charity. Since 1956 it has supported millions of mothers and fathers through birth and early parenthood whilst also securing major advances in professional practice and public policy.

It is a movement of parents supporting parents, with 327 local branches and over 5,000 volunteers offering a wide range of activities. These include Bumps and Babies drop-in sessions, Nearly New Sales selling low-cost baby clothes and equipment, and Baby First Aid courses.

NCT’s practitioners provide practical and emotional support for expectant and new parents before and after their baby arrives. Its breastfeeding counsellors and peer supporters support mums with feeding entirely free of charge. Its online information centre and national support line provide information to over five million parents each year.