Current Institutional Affiliation
International Student & Scholar Advisor; Director of Studies at Hereford Residential College, Anthropology, University of Virginia

Award Information

International Dissertation Research Fellowship 1999
Institutional Affiliation (at time of award):
Anthropology, University of Virginia
When Women Won't Marry Rural Men: Transnational Marriages between China and South Korea

The rejection of rural matrimony by large numbers of young women in South Korea has led South Korean farmers to "import" ethnic Korean brides from Northeast China. This study aims to explore the gendered notions of marriage and labor mobility underlying the patterned movements of women. I will compare the marriage migration experiences of two populations of women and their families: rural-born Korean daughters who marry into the cities and Korean brides from China who many across national borders. Such a comparative study will allow me to explore the different factors involved in internal versus transnational marriage migration and the interlinkages between these two migration trajectories. Ultimately, I will develop a framework of analysis that illuminates the articulation between global (and regional) economic shifts in capital and labor markets, the gendered shape of accompanying migration patterns and the linked transformations in the forms of marriage and kinship.