The authors thank the anonymous reviewers and the editor for their valuable comments and suggestions. We also appreciate the responses from the audience when the original versions of the paper were presented in the World Congress meeting of RC50 (International Tourism) of International Sociological Association, Annual Conference of Taiwanese Sociological Association, and East Asian Social Survey (EASS) regional conferences. Both authors wish to thank Yi-ping Chang and Jian-zhi Lu for their technical assistance. The research was funded by National Science Council in Taiwan: 97-2420-H-001-001-B1, 99-2410-H-110-049-MY3.
Dependency, Globalization and Overseas Sex-related Consumption by East Asians†
Version of Record online: 2 MAR 2012
Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
International Journal of Tourism Research
Volume 15, Issue 6, pages 521–534, November/December 2013
How to Cite
Chang, C.-f. and Chen, M.-H. (2013), Dependency, Globalization and Overseas Sex-related Consumption by East Asians. Int. J. Tourism Res., 15: 521–534. doi: 10.1002/jtr.1872
- Issue online: 4 NOV 2013
- Version of Record online: 2 MAR 2012
- Manuscript Accepted: 16 JAN 2012
- Manuscript Revised: 21 DEC 2011
- Manuscript Received: 2 SEP 2010
- eastern Asia;
- southeastern Asia;
- East Asian Social Survey;
- sex tourism;
- sex-related consumption;
- dependency theory;
Previous research has used dependency theory to explain sex consumption by rich, northern men travelling to ‘developing countries’. Little is known about how this perspective can be applied to sex-related consumption by tourists from non-western regions. Analyzing the East Asian Social Survey of 2008, we found that many eastern Asians had engaged in sex-related entertainments abroad. People from the newly rich countries had become exploiters of sexual services in peripheral countries. East Asian tourists also went west and north bound overseas for sexual pleasures. We argue that the increasing economic activities and travelling opportunities across borders may better explain the overseas sex-related consumption of eastern Asians than dependency theory. Copyright © 2012 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.