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Interregime marriage and mobility : the case of Mainland China and Taiwan

Authors Tu, Edward Jow-Ching
Li, Shaomin
Issue Date 1997-09-04
Summary The recent increasing socioeconomic and political interactions between mainland China and the Taiwan have resulted in a significant number of marriages between the two societies. Why do people cross the Strait to look for a marriage partner? What are the socioeconomic and demographic characteristics of such marriages? And what impact do these marriages have on the society as well as on the individuals involved? These are the issues we explore in this paper. Analyzing a survey on cross-Strait marriages conducted by the authors, this paper concludes that the interregime marriages between these two societies predominately involve older Taiwanese males and younger mainland females. The general pattern in these marriages represents an exchange between the intrinsic attributes (age, appearance) of the mainland women and the extrinsic attributes (financial status) of the Taiwanese men. In addition, the interregime marriages provide a means for mainland women to attain geographic and eventually social mobility.
Language English
Format Working paper
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