Divorce as a ‘Certificate of Happiness’ in Modern China

East Asia Forum

In 2021, China introduced a 30-day “cooling off period” to curb rising divorce rates. But this has come too late and may have little impact in the long run.


Courting Change For Indonesia’s Invisible Brides

The Interpreter

The country’s marriage statistics obscure a significant rise in unregistered unions involving children and adolescents.


The Growing Complexity and Diversity of Taiwanese Families

Taiwan Insight

Taiwan currently vies with South Korea for having the lowest total fertility rate in the world.


Vietnam Newlyweds Become 'Inmates for Life' in This Viral Photo Shoot


The Saigon couple took a marriage metaphor literally in a photo shoot that went viral in Vietnam.


'Marriage Cards' for Indonesia's Newlyweds: A Form of Moral Surveillance?

New Mandala

The Indonesian government's rollout of the proposed cards may be all about moral policing.


China’s Modern Families: Double Income and Invisible Kid

Wang Xin

Child-averse young couples are increasingly succumbing to the social pressure to start families, only to foist the kids onto older relatives.

Wedding 婚禮

Chinese People Are Losing Faith in Marriage

Liu Yan

For traditionalists, spiking divorce rates and the rising number of ‘hoax marriages’ are undermining the spirit of matrimony.


Taiwan's Same-Sex Marriage Decision: A Personal Reflection

Jay Lin

A Taiwan LGBT activist and same-sex marriage campaigner reflects on a day he will never forget.


PHOTO STORY: Taiwan Reacts to Landmark Gay Marriage Ruling

Olivia Yang

Moments before and after Taiwan's top court rules in favor of gay marriage.


Book Review: Marriage Migration in Asia: Emerging Minorities at the Frontiers of Nation-States

Amal Shahid

In Marriage Migration in Asia: Emerging Minorities at the Frontiers of Nation-States, editor Sari K. Ishii brings together contributors to explore new and emerging patterns of transnational marriage migration in East and Southeast Asia. This book is a valuable contribution to research that complicates many existing assumptions – such as the perception that it is mainly women from poorer countries who move to marry men in the more prosperous north – and highlights the need for greater legal protection for marriage migrants and their families, finds Amal Shahid.

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