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Commercially Arranged Marriage Migration: The Agency and Inner Struggle of Chinese Women

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In Japan, commercially arranged marriage, also called international marriage through a broker, started around the 1980s (Shukuya 1988) and continues today. This chapter looks at examples of Chinese women who have moved to Japan through those marriages and, by looking at the stories behind their immigration as well as their life in Japan. It analyzes the inner struggle and agency of those women, a point mostly overlooked in previous studies. Section one of this chapter offers an overview of previous studies on this subject in Japan. Section two explains the research method and the viewpoint of the author, and explores the interviews with three Chinese women in detail. Section three analyses the agency and inner struggles of the marriage migrants revealed in each interview, and draws conclusions. The chapter discusses three cases that are taken from interviews conducted intermittently by the author between June 2007 and January 2008.

Keywords: agency; Chinese women; commercially arranged marriage; Japan; marriage migrants



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