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Chinese Migrant Women Creating Meaningful Lives Despite Vulnerable Statuses

Abstract : In France, as in Japan, typically female Chinese migration journeys exist, but through different means: women migrate through paid work in one case, and through marriage on the other. Despite these differences, their life stories highlight the similarities in their journeys; that is, women making choices and creating their own lives. To document the journeys of Chinese migrants and discuss gender issues in the field of migration, this article presents the life stories of two women. Ma Li had come to Japan in the 1990s through a marriage arranged by a marriage agency. She had divorced six years earlier, but she still lived in the same village as her former husband: “Only the strongest women stayed in the region; the others have left. It takes a strong woman to travel that far to get married.” Wang Hong arrived in France in 2009 without visa. In 2015, she returned to China for the first time to see her mother and her son. “I am 54 years old. My mother is 86. Thanks to her, I am strong. For my family in China, I have been successful. In addition, I succeeded alone, without any support.”
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Hélène Le Bail. Chinese Migrant Women Creating Meaningful Lives Despite Vulnerable Statuses. Delphine Mercier, Víctor Zúñiga, Kamel Doraï, Mustapha El Miri & Michel Peraldi (eds). Experiencing Ruptures in Migration. The Ordinary and Unexpected Journeys of Global Migrants, Transnational Press, pp.13-30, 2021, Migration Series: 34, 978-1-80135-022-8. ⟨hal-03513960⟩

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