This volume challenges the dominant discourse that perceives Asian women as either "mail-order" brides or overseas workers. Providing the first sustained critique of the artificial analytical division between brides and workers, the book demonstrates women's transition from brides to workers and from workers to brides. Focusing on how women workers use marriage as a strategy to gain citizenship and how migrants for marriage become workers, the authors present these modern Asian women in their multidimensional roles as wives, workers, mothers, and citizens.
Nicola Piper is a senior researcher at the Regulatory Institutions Network, The Australian National University. Mina Roces teaches in the School of History, The University of New South Wales.
Chapter 1: Introduction: Marriage and Migration in an Age of Globalization Chapter 2: Filipinas in Canada: Deskilling as a Push toward Marriage Chapter 3: Does Marriage Liberate Women from Sex Work? Thai Women in Germany Chapter 4: Sisterhood Is Local: Filipina Women in Mount Isa Chapter 5: Gender, Marriage, and Skilled Migration: The Case of Singaporeans in China Chapter 6: Reflections on Transnational Life-Course and Migratory Patterns of Middle Class Women: Preliminary Observations from Malaysia Chapter 7: Migrating for the Children: Taiwanese American Women in Transnational Families Chapter 8: Wife, Mother, and Maid: The Triple Role of Filipino Domestic Workers in Spain and Italy Chapter 9: International Marriage through Introduction Agencies: Social and Legal Realities of "Asian" Wives of Japanese Men