Cross-Border Marriages : Gender and Mobility in Transnational Asia / Nicole Constable.

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Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, [2010]
1 online resource (232 p.)
Asians -- Foreign countries.
Women -- Asia.
Social mobility.
Intercountry marriage -- Asia.
Intercountry marriage.
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Illuminating how international marriages are negotiated, arranged, and experienced, Cross-Border Marriages is the first book to chart marital migrations involving women and men of diverse national, ethnic, and class backgrounds. The migrations studied here cross geographical borders of provinces, rural-urban borders within nation-states, and international boundaries, including those of China, Japan, South Korea, India, Vietnam, the Philippines, the United States, and Canada. Looking at assumptions about the connection between international marriages and poverty, opportunism, and women's mobility, the book draws attention to ideas about global patterns of inequality that are thought to pressure poor women to emigrate to richer countries, while simultaneously suggesting the limitations of such views.Breaking from studies that regard the international bride as a victim of circumstance and the mechanisms of international marriage as traffic in commodified women, these essays challenge any simple idea of global hypergamy and present a nuanced understanding where a variety of factors, not the least of which is desire, come into play. Indeed, most contemporary marriage-scapes involve women who relocate in order to marry; rarely is it the men. But Nicole Constable and the volume contributors demonstrate that, contrary to popular belief, these brides are not necessarily poor, nor do they categorically marry men who are above them on the socioeconomic ladder.Although often women may appear to be moving "up" from a less developed country to a more developed one, they do not necessarily move higher on the chain of economic resources. Complicating these and other assumptions about international marriages, the essays in this volume draw from interviews and rich ethnographic materials to examine women's and men's agency, their motivations for marriage, and the importance of familial pressures and obligations, cultural imaginings, fantasies, and desires, in addition to personal and economic factors.Border-crossing marriages are significant for what they reveal about the intersection of local and global processes in the everyday lives of women and men whose marital opportunities variably yield both rich possibilities and bitter disappointments.
Chapter 1. Introduction: Cross-Border Marriages, Gendered Mobility, and Global Hyperqamy / Constable, Nicole
Chapter 2. Cross-Border Hypergamy? Marriage Exchanges in a Transnational Hakka Community / Oxfeld, Ellen
Chapter 3. Cautionary Tales: Marriage Strategies, State Discourse, and Women's Agency in a Naxi Village in Southwestern China / Chao, Emily
Chapter 4. Marrying out of Place: Hmong/Miao Women Across and Beyond China / Schein, Louisa
Chapter 5. Marrying Up and Marrying Down: The Paradoxes of Marital Mobility for Chosonjok Brides in South Korea / Freeman, Caren
Chapter 6. A Failed Attempt at Transnational Marriage: Maternal Citizenship in a Globalizing South Korea / Abelmann, Nancy / Kim, Hyunhee
Chapter 7. Tripartite Desires: Filipina-Japanese Marriages and Fantasies of Transnational Traversal / Suzuki, Nobue
Chapter 8. Clashing Dreams in the Vietnamese Diaspora: Highly Educated Overseas Brides and Low-Wage U.S. Husbands / Cam Thai, Hung
Chapter 9. A Tale of Two Marriages: International Matchmaking and Gendered Mobility / Constable, Nicole
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [199]-210) and index.
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Constable, Nicole, editor.
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