My most recent peer-reviewed article, “Chasing Fate & Fortune in the Borderland: Cross-Border Marriage and Migration at the Malaysian-Thai Frontier”, has just been published in the Southeast Asian studies journal Archipel. In this article, I demonstrate how female migrants from Southern Thailand migrate to Malaysia in search of fortune in two senses of the word: rezeki (economic sustenance) and jodoh (fated match; one’s destined spouse). This study contributes to a wider discussion on the feminization of migration, while also subverting the traditional narrative of migrant women as victims of precarity.
This paper was written as part of my research project as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the Centre Asie du Sud-Est (Centre for Southeast Asian Studies, CASE), at the École des hautes études en sciences sociales (School of Advanced Studies in the Social Sciences, EHESS), in 2020-2021. I am most grateful for colleagues at CASE for their guidance in the preparation and publication of this article.
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