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Between the Old and the New World

Studies in the History of Overseas Migrations


Edited By Agnieszka Malek and Dorota Praszalowicz

The volume contains papers presented at the fourth Workshop «American Ethnicity: Rethinking Old Issues, Asking New Questions» which took place in Krakow, Poland, on May 24 th -25 th , 2010. The event was organized by the Institute of American Studies and Polish Diaspora of the Jagiellonian University, and supported by the (American) Immigration and Ethnic History Society. The tradition of organizing bi-annual workshops goes back to 2004 and continues to be a forum for discussing ongoing research and sharing ideas. The texts included in this volume provide a comparative context to immigration studies, contribute to the gender perspective, bring up new issues and remind the most important aspects of migrants’ life, such as remittances and poverty. There is also a set of the articles on American Jewish experience, studied from a variety of angles, and the Polish-American section presenting texts on local immigrant communities.


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Suzanne M. Sinke: Love in All the Wrong Places: Relating Migration Patterns and Marriage in U.S. Immigration, 1945-2000


Love in All the Wrong Places: Relating Migration Patterns and Marriage in U.S. Immigration, 1945-2000 Suzanne M. Sinke (Florida State University) When people move around, relationships develop in unexpected locations. At times those relationships transform into long-term commitments. At times they involve people of different national backgrounds. Proximity, physical as well as virtual, allows for interpersonal relations of a one-on-one international variety. Mobility provides opportunities. When we think of the relationship of marriage and migration in the late twentieth century United States we may think first of “foreign brides,” recruited from other countries in order to marry U.S. men. They get a great deal of (typi- cally negative) press.1 They tend to obscure the larger group of marriages tied to migration, which remain between those of the same background. Yet they also herald a shift, an increase in the proportion of marriages between those of dif- ferent nationalities over the course of recent decades. The broadening of the cartography of desire, to borrow another scholar’s phrase, links in part to im- provements in communications and technology, as well as a shift in key identity markers.2 Nationality and ethnicity remain salient in some cases, but increasing- ly other categories play larger roles in marital choices.3 When marriages mix nationalities it is most typically between those who met while engaged in migration for other reasons. The individuals explore commonalities, and nuptial choices can (though they will not necessarily) over- come the differences. This paper examines a few of the key categories of...

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