By Melody Chia-Wen Lu, Yang Wen-shan
Regardless of energetic 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 understand little or no approximately who those girls are and why they decide to marry and migrate. This quantity presents an outline of the demographic styles and social matters on the topic of cross-border marriage some time past 20 years, in addition to case reviews that reflect on the dwelling stories 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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8 The availability of channels for migration also involves the policy provisions by both sending and host countries. For example, in Japan migration channels for foreign women as workers are mainly reserved for the category of entertainers (Piper 1996). Therefore, the stigma associated with labor migration to Japan might cause more Filipina women to opt for marriage migration. Moreover, the option of migrating as marriage spouses or labor migrants might not exist in sending contexts. For example, in Thailand, where the government used to forbid women to migrate outside to work as domestic laborers, it was more difficult for women to migrate overseas as workers (Fan 2005).
But this time everything will be fine! ’ Ironically, the slogans point to the potential for trouble caused by illusions about Asian women (Kuwayama 1995: 16-17). Another reason for the peak and decline in the increase of Filipina brides may have been the criticism from human-rights groups and the United States government, which led the Japanese government to tighten limits on the immigration of Filipina ‘entertainers’. 3 Research data for the analyses of the patterns in the late 1990s The late 1990s was an important epoch in Japan’s immigration history.
MARRIAGE MIGRATION TO EAST ASIA 35 I would like to share a personal observation about how marriage migration often involves chain migration. In 2001, on a flight from Ho Chi Minh City back to Taiwan, two Vietnamese women were sitting next to me. I noticed they were exchanging words excitedly. I tried to chat with one of them adjacent to me and found that she spoke some Mandarin Chinese. She married a Taiwanese man two years ago and just went back to Vietnam to bring her friend, whom she had known from her elementary school years, to marry her brother-in-law.