Cross-Currents, vol. 4, no. 2 (2015)

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Governing Marriage Migrations: Perspectives from Mainland China and Taiwan

Elena Barabantseva, Antonia Chao, and Biao Xiang, 405

Cross-border migration for the purpose of marriage is on the rise, and at present it constitutes one of the most common forms of long-term international mobility in East Asia. This special issue of Cross-Currents analyzes marriage migration in the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and Taiwan as a subject of governance. The articles included here demonstrate that marriage migration has attracted considerable policy attention and public anxiety not because it is about “marriage” or “migration” per se, but because it is perceived to be inseparable from a wide range of other issues, such as sexual morality, family norms, national identity, and border security. In particular, the long-lasting social relationships marriage migration creates and the role of marriage migrants (the vast majority of whom are women) in rearing the next generation of the state’s sovereign subjects tie marriage migration to state security concerns. Popular anxieties about marriage migration are often based on projections into the future rather than observations about the present reality. On one hand, the fact that marriage migration is deeply embedded in myriad social institutions and relations that cannot be dealt with in isolation causes a projection-based mode of governance; on the other hand, it renders transnational marriage particularly hard to govern, which further exacerbates anxiety. But this should not be seen as a failure in public policy. The articles in this special issue argue that such projections, imaginations, and self-perpetuating anxieties are important parts of how nationhood is constructed in the current era. As such, marriage migration as a subject of governance provides us with a special angle to examine how politics works in subtle and sometimes invisible ways on local, national, and transnational levels.

A Tale of a Global Family: Shifts and Connections among Different Streams of Marriage Migrations in Asia
Hongfang Hao, 414

The Creation of a Nonexistent Group: Sino-Vietnamese Couples in China’s Borderlands
Caroline Grillot, 439

From “Customary” to “Illegal”: Yao Ethnic Marriages on the Sino-Vietnamese Border
Elena Barabantseva, 468

The “Fake Marriage” Test in Taiwan: Gender, Sexuality, and Border Control
Mei-Hua Chen, 496

Gender and Power Dynamics in Transnational Marriage Brokerage: The Ban on Commercial Matchmaking in Taiwan Reconsidered
Hsun-Hui Tseng, 519

Rethinking Business History in Modern China

Wen-Hsin Yeh, Klaus Mühlhahn, and Hajo Frölich, 546

France and the Gulf of Tonkin Region: Shipping Markets and Political Interventions in South China in the 1890s
Bert Becker, 560

From Globalization to Liquidation: The Deutsch-Asiatische Bank and the First World War in China
Ghassan Moazzin, 601

The South Manchurian Railway Company and the Mining Industry: The Case of the Fushun Coal Mine
Tsu-Yu Chen, 630

Regional Cultural Enterprises and Cultural Markets in Early Republican China: The Motion Picture as Case Study
Matthew D. Johnson, 658

Surviving Socialism: Private Industry and the Transition to Socialism in China, 1945–1958
Robert K. Cliver, 694

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