Cross-border Marriages and Mobility
Cross-border Marriages and Mobility
Female Chinese Migrants and Hong Kong Men
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Introduction Chapter One: The Hong Kong China Border: A Space of Confinement and Movement Chapter Two: Motivations for Crossing Borders Chapter Three: "Same as Before, Living as a House Wife" Chapter Four: Hong Kong's Education: A Bridge to the 'First World' Chapter Five: New voices in Hong Kong: Local identity formation Concluding Thoughts: Home is not where the heart is but where it wants to be Bibliography Index

Avital Binah-Pollak

Cross-border Marriages and Mobility

Female Chinese Migrants and Hong Kong Men

Cross-border Marriages and Mobility: Female Chinese Migrants and Hong Kong Men focuses on cross-border marriages between mainland Chinese women and Hong Kong men, a phenomenon which is of critical importance to the transformation of Hong Kong. By examining the women’s motivations for migration and lived experiences in relation to the discursive, political, economic, and social circumstances of mainland China and Hong Kong, Avital Binah-Pollak demonstrates how these marital practices are causing the expanding and blurring of borders, so that there is a much wider strip of border in which the dichotomies of the rural/urban, periphery/center, and hybrid/national identities become more complex and negotiable. While this is particularly interesting and valid in the case of the border between mainland China and Hong Kong because of the particular nature of the relationship between these two societies, it may also apply to borders between many other societies worldwide.

Avital Binah-Pollak

Dr. Avital Binah-Pollak is currently a faculty member at the Humanities and Arts department at the Technion in Haifa. She is a socio-cultural anthropologist with an emphasis on gender, migration, boundaries, and education in contemporary China and Hong Kong.