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Elusive BelongingMarriage Immigrants and "Multiculturalism" in Rural South Korea$
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Minjeong Kim

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780824869816

Published to Hawaii Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.21313/hawaii/9780824869816.001.0001

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Loving Strangers

Loving Strangers

(p.54) Chapter Three Loving Strangers
Elusive Belonging

Minjeong Kim

University of Hawai'i Press

Chapter 3 focuses on relationships among the married couples. The chapter begins by asking, “How do couples who met and married in a matter of days become husbands and wives?” By telling the stories of four couples who develop and share emotional commitment, love, and affection, the chapter shows how emotional relationships can be forged even with strangers through prevalent “heterosexual scripts.” It also pays attention to how marital intimacy is infused with the issue of remittances, which is an inevitable part of international-married couples. In discussing the couples’ gender relations, the husbands’ stories challenge stereotypes of Korean rural masculinity. This chapter shows that Filipina-Korean couples’ relationships can be troubled and challenging, but conjugal intimacy anchors Filipinas’ sense of belonging.

Keywords:   Heterosexual scripts, Marital intimacy, Remittances, Masculinity

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