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Transacted Intimacy: Political Economy of International Marriages in Asia Print
Date: 14 Oct 2010 - 15 Oct 2010
Venue: ARI Seminar Room
469A Tower Block, Level 10 Bukit Timah Road
National University of Singapore @ BTC
Organisers: Dr LU Melody Chia-Wen
Prof YEOH Brenda
Dr CHEE Heng Leng
Download Files: Program Abstract & Bio

Jointly organised by the Migration Clusters of Asia Research Institute and Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, National University of Singapore.

The rapid increase in international marriage across several countries within Asia in recent decades has led to vigorous scholarship on cross-border marriage migration and the formation of transnational families in Asia. Earlier studies focused on structural analyses placing marriage migration and marital motivations at the nexus of globalised economic systems and local marriage markets. More recent scholarship has shifted attention to questions of gendered and ethnicised citizenship, in which female marriage migrants are also constructed on the basis of gendered identities as biological and social reproducers and carers, who not only fail to contribute to the economic development of the host societies, but also create a burden by draining welfare resources.

This conference attempts to bring the economic back into discussions of the political, cultural and social processes that shape the contours of international marriage as a phenomenon. By focusing on the political economy of international marriages, this conference not only interrogates the political, economic and social structures in which love and intimacy are embodied, but also links intimacy with other domains of experiences such as work, gender relations and transnational family. It aims at:

  • challenging the policy assumptions and dominant perceptions that marriage immigrants are filial daughters and/or victims of patriarchy, dependent and draining welfare resources of host societies by emphasizing their roles as economic actors;
  • using  economic transactions and relations as an entry point to understanding the power relations of actors involved, as well as the different family/kinship systems that shape marriage migrants’ positions and negotiation strategies;
  • advancing the development of theories on gender and migration by linking yet differentiating women’s labour and marriage migration. This includes exploring how theories of transnational families can be applied to marriage migration and how these theories can be advanced.


Admission is free, however, seats are limited. Do register early as seats are available on a first come, first served basis. We would gratefully request that you RSVP to Valerie Yeo at Tel No. 6516 5279 or your name, email, designation, organization and contact number.


Dr Melody Chia-Wen Lu
Prof Brenda Yeoh
Dr Chee Heng Leng

Ms Valerie Yeo
Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore
469A Tower Block, Level 10, Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 259770
Tel: (65) 6516 5279
Fax: (65) 6779 1428

Contact Person: Mdm Valerie YEO