Marriage Migrants of Japanese Women in Australia

Remoulding Gendered Selves in Suburban Community

  • Takeshi Hamano

About this book


This book investigates the experience of Japanese women who have immigrated to Australia through marriage to a local partner. Based on long-term participant observations gathered with a Japanese ethnic association in Sydney, and on in-depth interviews with the association’s members, it examines the ways in which the women remould themselves in Australia by constructing gendered selves that reflect their unique migratory circumstances through cross-border marriage.

In turn, the book argues that the women tend to embrace expressions of Japanese femininity that they once viewed negatively, and that this is due to their lack of social skills and access to the cultural capital of mainstream Australian society. Re-molding the self through conventional Japanese notions of gender ironically provides them with a convincing identity: that of minority migrant women. Nevertheless, by analyzing these women’s engagement with a Japanese ethnic association in a suburb of Sydney, the book also reveals a nuanced sense of ambivalence; a tension between the women’s Japanese community and their lives in Australia.

Accordingly, the book provides a fresh perspective on interdisciplinary issues of gender and migration in a globalized world, and engages with a wide range of academic disciplines including: sociology of migration; sociology of culture; cultural anthropology; cultural studies; Japanese studies; Asian studies; gender studies; family studies; migration studies and qualitative methodologies.


Marriage Migration of Japanese Women Cross-border Marriage of Japanese Women Lifestyle of Japanese Migrants in Australia Japanese Social Change Suburban Community of Multicultural Australia Consumer Society in Japan Japanese Femininity History of Japanese Emigration to Australia National Ethnic Japanese Community in Australia Japanese Women’s Gendered Selves Japanese Women and International Marriage Migration Japanese Ethnic Communities in Greater Sydney Japanese Migration and Residency in Australia Cultural Migrants from Japan Gender Politics in Fieldwork Asian Migrants in Australia Diversity within Ethnic Community in Australia Japanese Mother’s Community in Western Sydney International Mobility of Japanese Women Cross-cultural Families

Authors and affiliations

  • Takeshi Hamano
    • 1
  1. 1.The University of Kitakyushu KitakyushuJapan

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