Cosmopolitanism, mobility and transformation : internal migrant women in Beijing's Silk Street Market
Faculty of Arts. Translators and Interpreters
Asian anthropology. - -
, p. 124-138
University of Antwerp
This paper explores the transformative process of female vendors in the Silk Street Market, Beijing. They are female internal migrants hailing from a wide range of provinces including Anhui, Heilongjiang, Zhejiang and the city of Shanghai. The Silk Street Market has undergone a transformation beyond recognition from a makeshift open air market into an iconic place of modern Beijing located in the Central Business District. This global-meet-local marketplace not only provides female vendors with a living but also serves as an arena where they learn how to create upward mobility and thus contribute to the well-being of the family. Despite the obstacles of low educational attainment they manage to acquire everyday cosmopolitan skills enabling them to survive and flourish in the postmodern competitive urban jungle of Beijing.