A Study on the Biography of Men in International Marriage - A Story of Neo-diaspora of Seven Men -

국제 결혼한 남성들의 생애사 연구: 7인의 새로운 디아스포라(neo-diaspora) 이야기

  • Received : 2008.11.17
  • Accepted : 2009.01.12
  • Published : 2009.02.28

Abstract

The purposes of this study were to investigate Korean men that chose international marriage in terms of motivations, relationships with their spouses in terms of content and process, and quality changes by approaching them in a biography research method, as well as to look into the world of their specific experiences. Ten Korean men in international marriage participated in the study. In-depth interviews with them generated plenty of data. The analysis results of the data indicate that the instrumental nature was strong as for their motivation to marry a woman of a different nationality. They maintained partner relationships with their spouses until the exchange values became equal between them, when tension and conflicts started to happen. The ways they reacted to the crisis determined whether their marital relationships would continue or end. Most of the subjects that succeeded in maintaining their marital relationships deconstructed their own culture, reorganized it at the contact points with the culture of their spouses, and then moved to a new diaspora. The research implications emphasize an academic need to regard female marriage immigrants as a neo-diaspora in the global age. And suggestions were made as to intercultural education.

Keywords

men in international marriage;biography research;neo-diaspora;intercultural education;multicultural society

Acknowledgement

Supported by : 조선대학교