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Asian Studies Seminar Series : Negotiating difference through everyday encounter and its implications for life and relationship: Narratives of Thai-farang American interracial relationship. Other events...
As the number of people involved in interracial relationships around the world has risen, scholars have increasingly paid attention to various aspects of interracial relationships, including identity development and challenges faced by these individuals. Despite this growing trend, little is known regarding how difference is negotiated by members of interracial unions as individuals instead of couples. The current research on interracial relationships has failed to explore the impact of everyday encounters on the life and relationship of their participants. Existing studies have focused on the US, UK and Australia. Further qualitative investigations of Thai-farang American relationships are needed as the contact between Thai and farang Americans are distinct from other types of romantic relationships. The influx of American GIs during the Vietnam War had a profound impact on Thai society as Thai-Western couples became prevalent ever since. Involvement in Thai-farang interracial relationships can also lead to the development of new understandings of one’s racial and ethnic identity. Two theoretical frameworks which are used in this study consist of intersectionality and ecological system theory. In combination with established qualitative research methods; semi-structured interviews and non-participant observation, this project aims to examine the ways in which Thais and farang Americans in interracial relationships negotiate difference in their everyday interaction from a variety of race, gender, class and marital status. The purpose of this research project is four-fold. First, this thesis seeks to explore how they see their relationship and identities within the relationship. Second, this dissertation also explores how others see them and their relationship. Third, this research will investigate how they manage difference in public environments and within intimate relationships. Fourth, this study seeks to examine the impact of everyday encounters on their life and relationship.
Speaker(s) Mr Rachawit Photiyarach
Location Social Sciences Building Room G.25
Contact Nicola Fraschini <[email protected] >
Start Fri, 01 Mar 2019 11:00
End Fri, 01 Mar 2019 12:00
Submitted by Karen Eichorn <[email protected]>
Last Updated Thu, 21 Feb 2019 12:01
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