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After-Development DynamicsSouth Korea's Contemporary Engagement with Asia$
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Anthony P. D'Costa

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198729433

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198729433.001.0001

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Gender under reconstruction

Gender under reconstruction

Negotiating gender identities of marriage migrant women from Asia in South Korea

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(p.242) 13 Gender under reconstruction
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After-Development Dynamics
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Yonson Ahn

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198729433.003.0013

This chapter investigates gender roles expected or imposed on the female marriage migrants as wives of South Korean nationals. The recent social conditions of a low birth rate, a long life expectancy, shortage of brides, and a shortage of people willing to work for low wages have “forced” the Korean government to embrace a multicultural policy. This chapter looks at cross-border female marriage migrants from Asia settled in Korea. It critically examines the Multicultural Family Support Law and the multiculturalism from a gender perspective. It examines how these women position themselves in the patriarchal Korean family and society and explores the conflicts and negotiations they go through within the traditional family system. Rather than position the foreign women as passive victims, this chapter focuses on agency and the various ways by which gender identities are defined, reconstructed, and negotiated in facing a patriarchal family tradition.

Keywords:   female marriage migrants, gender, multiculturalism, agency, Multicultural Family Support Law, patriarchal family tradition

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