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Title: HOLDING ON TO FATE: VIETNAMESE BRIDES AND MARRIAGE MIGRATION TO SINGAPORE
Authors: PHAN PHUONG HAO
Keywords: Vietnamese brides, marriage, international migration, gender, Vietnam, culture studies
Issue Date: 15-Aug-2011
Source: PHAN PHUONG HAO (2011-08-15). HOLDING ON TO FATE: VIETNAMESE BRIDES AND MARRIAGE MIGRATION TO SINGAPORE. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Since 1990s, the debates of ¿Vietnamese brides,¿ referring to female Vietnamese immigrants settled in Singapore through marriage-migration arranged by commercial matchmaking agencies, have drawn attention from journalists on mass media, social workers, policy-makers and researchers in conferences and on other media platforms as personal pages, social networks and blogs. However, these debates appear to emphasize the negative aspects of the phenomenon as a social problem in the host society. Little is known about the everyday marital lives and perceptions of Vietnamese brides and their Singaporean grooms as they engage in such intercultural marriages. In exploring the life stories of Vietnamese women who have married Singaporean men through commercial matchmaking agencies and personal networks, I seek to address four issues I consider the most salient to this phenomenon. First, I am concerned with the motivations for marriage migration of women from the Mekong Delta in Southern Vietnam within the context of globalization. Second, I analyse how social stereotypes and cultural differences influence the adaptation process of Vietnamese brides in their new host society. Third, through the joint struggle of Vietnamese brides and their Singaporean husbands to culturally accommodate with each other, I attempt to show how the lived experience of intercultural marriage shapes the perceptions of individual stakeholders with regard to love, marriage, and culture. Finally, I seek to contextualize this research within the literature of Vietnamese boat people in order to explore how it might contribute to our understanding of the broader phenomenon of the Vietnamese diaspora. In this thesis, I argue that marriage migration by Vietnamese brides is motivated by a combination of personal aspirations for financial affluence, a modern lifestyle overseas, and self-fulfillment on the one hand, and by broader changes in economic circumstances in the era of globalization. Intermarriage, as a human journey and social institution, has become a platform for Vietnamese brides to experience a mutual exchange of emotions, culturally sensitive appreciation, knowledge, and love. Marriage to Singaporean men also transforms these Vietnamese women physically and spiritually, in terms of their social skills and mindsets, to their perceptions of love. Intermarriages with Singapore men therefore engender for Vietnamese brides the process of crafting a new self-identity.
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/33313
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