Migration and the “Second Wife” in South China: Toward Cross-Border Polygyny 1

  title={Migration and the “Second Wife” in South China: Toward Cross-Border Polygyny 1},
  author={Graeme Lang and Josephine Smart},
  journal={International Migration Review},
  pages={546 - 569}
Rapid industrialization in southern China has brought together two types of migrants: young women from towns and villages seeking work and upward mobility and affluent men from Hong Kong sojourning in the coastal provinces to supervise or service export-oriented industries. The result is that many married Hong Kong men who cross the border regularly on business have taken “second wives” or mistresses in China. We analyze this phenomenon using government statistics, selected court cases, and… 

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