Marriage Migration in Asia: Emerging Minorities at the Frontiers of Nation-States

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Edited by Sari K. Ishii
Contributions by Masako Kudo, Chie Sakai, Linda A. Lumayag, Ikuya Tokoro, Caesar Dealwis, Caroline Grillot, Hien Anh Le, Lara Chen Tien-shi and Chatchai Chetsumon

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. 


"This book is a valuable contribution to research that complicates many existing assumptions ... and highlights the need for greater legal protection for marriage migrants and their families." - Amal Shahid, LSE Review of Books

"Pundits of marriage migration and citizenship will find in this collection of essays a key piece for the field." - Cristina Lacomba, Columbia University


Sari K. Ishii is associate professor of sociology at the Department of Social Science, Toyo Eiwa University, Yokohama, Japan. 

Kyoto CSEAS Series on Asian Studies 16

Publication Year: 2016
304 pages, 229mm x 152mm
ISBN: 978-981-4722-10-0

NUS Press and Kyoto University Press