Family compositions and marital conflicts in cross-border remarriages in Hong Kong

Wai Chun Clara TO, Chun Him Justin LAU

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Abstract

This article examines the sources of marital conflicts in cross-border remarriages in Hong Kong among Mainland Chinese women who migrated with their children from previous unions and those who did not. Drawing on in-depth interviews with remarried Mainland mothers, the study compares the ways in which different family compositions, that is, the presence or absence of non-shared and common children, may shape marital conflicts and affect remarital relations in cross-border stepfamilies. Results indicate that although cross-border remarriages with different family compositions may share certain sources of conflicts, each specific type of remarriage is prone to particular sources of conflicts. This study also demonstrates how the migration of Mainland children can greatly change remarital dynamics and stepparent–stepchild conflicts often entangled with disputes over other issues. The research fills a major gap in the literature on stepfamilies and marriage migration that pays little attention to the post-migration marital dynamics of international remarriages. Copyright © 2019 Center for Promoting Ideas, USA.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)15-22
JournalAmerican International Journal of Social Science
Volume8
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2019

Citation

To, C. W.-C., & Lau, J. C.-H. (2019). Family compositions and marital conflicts in cross-border remarriages in Hong Kong. American International Journal of Social Science, 8(4), 15-22. doi: 10.30845/aijss.v8n4p3

Keywords

  • International marriage
  • Remarriage
  • Stepfamily
  • Marital conflict
  • Immigrant children
  • Hong Kong

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