Gender Dynamics in Cross-Border Marriages between Mainland China and Hong Kong

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Abstract

While existing studies on cross-border marriages have predominately focused on the experiences of women, little is known about the experiences of men. This may obscure the ways in which gender is structured and restructured through marriage migration. This study aims at revealing the gender dynamics in cross-border marriages by comparing the experiences of men and women in two types of cross-border marriages: (1) marriages between a Hong Kong man and a mainland Chinese woman, and (2) marriages between a Hong Kong woman and a mainland Chinese man. Interview data with eighty five men and women in these marriages shows that men and women have different rationales and strategies to manage complications and enjoy advantages brought by marriage migration. However, being a marriage migrant is a more significant factor than gender in determining post-marital circumstances. These findings help clarify how marriage migration can be understood as a gendered phenomenon.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 5 Jul 2018
Externally publishedYes
EventThe 22nd Biennial Conference of the Asian Studies Association of Australia: Area Studies and Beyond - University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
Duration: 3 Jul 20185 Jul 2018
https://www.sydney.edu.au/sydney-southeast-asia-centre/events/past-events/events-2018/Asian-Studies-Association-of-Australia-Conference-2018.html

Conference

ConferenceThe 22nd Biennial Conference of the Asian Studies Association of Australia
CountryAustralia
CitySydney
Period3/07/185/07/18
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