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Marriage Migration in Asia

Emerging Minorities at the Frontiers of Nation-States

Migration in Asia is leading to more marriages across nationalities. New patterns of migration are complicating the picture of women from poorer Asian countries migrating to marry men in more wealthy ones. The contributors to this volume explore the agency of marriage migrants, showing how migration is often more than a simple movement from home to destination but can involve return, repeated, or extended migrations, and that these transitions that can alter geographies of power in economics, nationality, or ethnicity. Together, the contributors identify this emerging diaspora and its long-term consequences for families. 

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“The 10 essays in this volume provide insights into marriage migration studies and their relationship with nation-states’ migration laws. The essays push the field further by calling attention to the multiple directions marriage migration takes.”

International Insitute for Asian Studies

Table of Contents

List of Figures
List of Tables
Introduction: Marriage Migrants as Multi-marginalized Transnational Diaspora
Sari K. Ishii
Part I Migration Flows beyond the Marriage-scapes
Chapter 1: forging Intimate Ties in Transnational Spaces: the Life Trajectories of Japanese women Married to Pakistani Migrants
Masako Kudo
Chapter 2: Unintentional Cross-Cultural Familities: the Diverse Community of Japanese Wives in Shanghai
Chie Sakai
Chapter 3: Marriage “during” Work Migration: Lived Experiences of Filipinos Marriage Migrants in Malaysia
Linda A. Lumayag
Part II Reversed Geographies of Power
Chapter 4: “Centre/Peripheery” Flow Reversed? Twenty Years of Cross-border Marriages between Philippine Women and Japanese Men
Ikuya Tokoro
Chapter 5: Child Return Migration from Japan to Thailand
Sari K. Ishii
Chapter 6: Assimilation of the Descendants of Caucasian Muslims in Sarawak, Malaysia
Caesar Dealwis
Part III: Marriage Migrants as Multi-Marginalized Diaspora
Chapter 7: Lives in Limbo: Unsusccessful Marriages in Sino-Vietnamese Borderlands
Caroline Grillot
Chapter 8: Lives of Mixed Vietnamese-Korean Children in Vietnam
Hien Anh Le
Chapter 9: Born to Be Stateless, Being Stateless: Transnational Marriage, Migration and the Registration of Stateless People in Japan
Lara, Chen Tien-Shi
Chapter 10: Legal Problems of Marriage between Irregular Workers from Myanmar and Thai Naionals in Thailand
Chatchai Chetsumon

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