This panel will address the diversity of cross-border marriages in Asia and how the lives of the women in such marriages have been transformed in terms of their family relationships and work, as well as their positions within their immediate localities, the state and in transnational space.
Two decades have passed since the increase in the number of cross-border marriages in Asia; the lives of the women in such marriages have been transformed in terms of their family relationships and work, as well as their positions within their immediate localities, the state and in transnational space. The panel aims to examine the complex ways in which the intimacies formed through global encounters may intersect with the dynamics of social ties developed outside domestic spheres. These women's experiences are likely both to differ between individuals and to shift over time, depending upon numerous factors including citizenship and socio-economic circumstances. The panel will explore how intimacies and power relationships at the micro level may intertwine with various elements of wider society, including immigration laws, and the formal and informal support networks available to women facing the contradictions and predicaments that unfold as their life cycle progresses. The panel will also discuss the ways in which existing gender and family norms embedded in the law and various social provisions shape the positions and experiences of women in cross-border marriages, and how the women themselves respond to their given circumstances and negotiate their positions within family and society.