Asian Cross-border Marriage Migration: Demographic Patterns by Melody Chia-Wen Lu, Yang Wen-shan

By Melody Chia-Wen Lu, Yang Wen-shan

Regardless of lively scholarly curiosity within the phenomenon of cross-border marriage migration among Southeast and East Asia—a majority of which marriages are among males from wealthier areas and girls from areas which are much less economically developed—we comprehend little or no approximately who those girls are and why they decide to marry and migrate. This quantity presents an summary of the demographic styles and social concerns relating to cross-border marriage some time past 20 years, in addition to case experiences that think about the dwelling studies and techniques of cross-border households within the host societies, sending groups, and transnational networks of countries like Japan, South, Korea, Thailand, and Vietnam. 

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Assimilation is expected so that they can blend into the background without sticking out. Multi-culturalism is a rare concept in these countries. There are variations in terms of practices that put pressure on new immigrants to blend into different countries. Comparing differences in such citizenship regimes and the effects they have upon marriage migrants’ journey of belonging is a research direction full of potential. 3 Social construction of womanhood Proposition 3 Research on women marriage migrants enhances our understanding of the social construction of womanhood in terms of being wives, daughters-in-law, workers, and mothers in a society and culture where they have not been brought up.

The success of a marriage is, of course, a subjective experience. Nevertheless, as it is obvious that cross-border marriages are no longer a private matter between the couples themselves, researchers should be careful in their judgment and interpretation of research data and be open to these various criteria of evaluation and their cultural contexts. Notes 1 2 Jones and Shen provide an overview of statistics on cross-border marriages in various East Asian countries (2008: 10-13). Women account for 46 percent of the overall international migration from developing countries.

However, there are policy differences in assuming who is innocent and who is suspect. Therefore, it will be a fruitful research direction to compare these im- YEN-FEN TSENG 40 migration control policies across countries to uncover these assumptions. Another set of citizenship regulations which require further research and theorizing is the family citizenship regime as coined by Ito (2005: 60). Spousal migrants’ status in residency rights is often tied to the family ideology. In many of these societies, for marriage migrants who obtain a divorce, their continued resident status depends on whether or not they are the caregivers of their children.

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