Many scholars regard Josephine Chuen-juei Ho and Ying-Bin Ning as the most outspoken and significant theorists of sexuality in Taiwan. The pair, who have been at the forefront of feminism and sexual liberation for many years, have now shifted their focus to the most private emotions. Their new monograph, Minkun choucheng (People in Trouble), tackles the problems triggered by rapid social change. They attempt to insert emotion, the body, and sex into critical theories associated with economics, politics, and various forms of modernity. By delineating the limitations of rationalized emotions and civilized barbarity, the authors also engage with the moral progressivism that has been popularized in recent years.

Ho and Ning combine theoretical dialectics with their reflections on recent social events in Taiwan. Over twenty chapters, they demarcate the territories of public spheres and private emotional laboring, exploring the psychological...

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