Taiwanese Cross-Border Marriages in a Globalizing Asia
Chapter 6. Conclusion: Critical Reflections on Cross-Border Marriage
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Critical Reflections on Cross-Border Marriage
This book began with an observation. Brought to Taiwan through marriage brokers or following in the path of (and sometimes pushed by) married sisters, aunts, or cousins, women crossed political borders hoping to find a better life, and entered into marriages with Taiwanese men in communities across the island. I first noticed such women in 2002 during a stay with my sister-in-law who lived in northern Taipei County. Two years later my wife’s cousin, who lived in the rural south told us, “I bought a bride!” when we saw him after he married a woman from Cambodia. Advertisements for “foreign brides” were posted on signs and posters seemingly everywhere. The practice spread by word of mouth, from family to family, within and across communities. One teacher described how news spread thusly: “Jia ho, dao siu bo” 吃好, 逗相報 or “If something tastes good to eat, you then share the news with others.” Once one family learned that it was good to marry in a foreign spouse, they told another family, who would do likewise.
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