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Hsun-Hui Tseng
ANTH 469
Seattle Campus

Special Studies in Anthropology

Delineation and analysis of a specific problem or related problems in anthropology. Offered occasionally by visitors or resident faculty.

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The course will look at contemporary womenĄŻs transnational migration from developing countries to newly developed countries in Asia. For example, this course will look at Filipina, Vietnamese and Chinese women migrating to Taiwan, Japan or Korea for marriage and employment. We will discuss issues related to labor and marriage migrations, as well as trafficking in women, on both macro- and micro-levels. Primary seminar questions are listed as follows: how does the global economic restructuring shape the gendered migration today? What makes female labor different from male labor in the global labor market? What are push-and-pull factors that trigger these women to leave their hometown to be workers or wives in foreign countries? What difficulties do they experience after entering host societies and what impact would the migration flow bring to both laborer/bride receiving and sending countries? Moreover, how should we perceive women who marry abroad through brokers? Should the brokerage business in transnational marriage be seen as part of human trafficking practice, and should women involved in this activity be seen as victims? What is trafficking in women? How should we conceptualize womenĄŻs subjectivity in the transnational mobility? We will approach these issues from a critical perspective in order to challenge some given assumptions that ignore womenĄŻs agency at work. This course will also introduce socio-cultural and economic developments of some bride/labor-sending and receiving countries (Vietnam, China and Taiwan). Throughout the quarter, we will read numerous interesting empirical and theoretical works from many disciplines, including anthropology, sociology, political economy and womenĄŻs studies. To facilitate class discussions, students are requested to read all assigned materials before coming to class.

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The information above is intended to be helpful in choosing courses. Because the instructor may further develop his/her plans for this course, its characteristics are subject to change without notice. In most cases, the official course syllabus will be distributed on the first day of class.
Last Update by Hsun-Hui Tseng
Date: 12/21/2008