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Cultural Politics of Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Asia$
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Tiantian Zheng

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780824852962

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: November 2016

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824852962.001.0001

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Racialization of Foreign Women in the Transnational Marriage Market of Taiwan

Racialization of Foreign Women in the Transnational Marriage Market of Taiwan

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(p.205) Chapter Twelve Racialization of Foreign Women in the Transnational Marriage Market of Taiwan
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Cultural Politics of Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Asia
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Hsunhui Tseng

Publisher:
University of Hawai'i Press
DOI:10.21313/hawaii/9780824852962.003.0013

This chapter states that Taiwan has seen a marriage migrant flow from China and Vietnam since the late 1990s. In early 2000s, a few matchmaking companies targeting East European women as a new foreign bride group were formed. The foreign bride phenomenon has drawn the public’s and scholars’ attention to its social consequences in the past decade. Tseng focuses on the marriage market: how does the market mechanism differentiate foreign brides’ value according to their race and nationality and match them with potential clients from different classes in Taiwan. Tseng explores how the representation of “foreign women” of different nationality were produced and reproduced by proprietors, mess media, and other social groups to meet a kind of social imaginary. Tseng argues that the reason why Vietnamese women as ideal wives can be successfully marketed by the marriage brokerage companies is that they provide a nostalgic space for the traditional families to perform their patriarchic imaginaries as they were in the early Taiwan society, in which the core value of the family was secured by the unequal gender dynamics in society.

Keywords:   racialized body, commodification of marriage, migration, foreign bride, Taiwan, Vietnam, Ukraine

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