Making a Meal of It: Sex in Chinese and Western Cultural Settings by Jui-shan Chang

Making a Meal of It: Sex in Chinese and Western Cultural Settings
Jui-shan Chang
Outskirts Press (2011)
ISBN 9781432768218
Reviewed by William Phenn for Reader Views (12/11)

This is a good informative book that begins with the author’s narrative of her educational endeavors and how she became involved with the writing of this book. Her impressive background included studies at some of the most prestigious institutions in the world. She has compiled the research she has done on the subject of East versus West sexual interaction in the United States, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. Her in-depth study on the subject is what this book is all about.

With extensive charts and detailed diagrams and illustrations, Ms. Chang examines the differences between the sexual beliefs, attitudes and practices of Chinese and Western culture. Her knowledge of the Eastern attitudes from living in the country, coupled with her research, gives her findings much credibility. As she explains, she has had first-hand knowledge of the sexual revolution that has taken place in Taiwan and Hong Kong, coming close but not necessarily matching that of the United States. The author gives the reader a very concise history of the sexual transitions in the Far East and a bit of history as to the events leading up to the present conditions in China, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

“Making a Meal of It” could be called a thesis on sexual transitions with as much information as Ms. Chang has included in this very informative volume. It would really benefit a student of psychology or anyone interested in the social structure of Asia as compared to that of the West.

I gave it a B+ for so much concise and thorough information packed in only 353 pages.

It’s not a book for the general public. “Making a Meal of It” is for scholars, educators and those inquisitive minds that want a wealth of information in one unique book.

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