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Precarious motherhood: Lives of Southeast Asian marriage migrant women in Korea

Title
Precarious motherhood: Lives of Southeast Asian marriage migrant women in Korea
Authors
Lee E.Kim S.-K.Lee J.K.
Ewha Authors
이재경이은아김승경
SCOPUS Author ID
이재경scopus; 이은아scopus
Issue Date
2015
Journal Title
Asian Journal of Women's Studies
ISSN
1225-9276JCR Link
Citation
vol. 21, no. 4, pp. 409 - 430
Keywords
AgencyMarriage migrant womenMulticultural childrenPatrilineal familyPrecarious motherhoodSouth Korea
Publisher
Taylor and Francis Ltd
Indexed
SSCI; SCOPUS; KCI WOS scopus
Abstract
This paper examines the experiences of Southeast Asian women married to Korean men to understand the social adjustments made by marriage migrant women as they cross national borders to form new families. The process of marrying into Korean families and becoming mothers of Korean children links them firmly into their new society, but their foreign origins and appearance mark them as outsiders and give them an ambiguous status that is at once both of insider and outsider. Based on interviews with fifteen marriage migrant women who reside in Gyeonggi Province, we discuss their experiences of motherhood, to show how ideas of nation, ethnicity and class interact. Their experiences in becoming "Korean mothers" create complicated and multi-tiered identities, practices, and strategies which engage with Korea's patrilineal ideology, family norms, the cultural expectations of a homogeneous society, and the motherhood norms of Korea's middle class. Finally, we highlight the agency of the marriage migrant women as they create and manage changing families and motherhood roles in a globalized world. © 2015 Asian Center for Women's Studies, Ewha Womans University.
DOI
10.1080/12259276.2015.1106856
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