—Research Project—

Belgian-Asian Couples

About us

We are a team of researchers working on migration and conjugal mixedness in Europe-Asia social spaces at the Laboratory of Anthropology of Contemporary Worlds (LAMC) of the Université libre de Bruxelles.

The team’s research topics give specific attention on the situation of Belgian-Asian couples by delving deeper into the phenomenon of “super-diversity” and “contextual mobility”. The experiences of these less “visible” couples bring interesting insights into the dynamics and evolution of present-day societies as well as the changing meanings of intimacy and the family.

This project is funded by the Fund for Scientific Research (F.R.S.-FNRS) and ARC Consolidation (Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles)

Other funding sources:
FNRS installation grant (crédit de fonctionnement) (2017-2020) for Asuncion Fresnoza-Flot
MSH (Maison des Sciences Humaines - ULB) Seed Grant (2017-2018) for Aaron Raphael Ponce
FNRS Doctoral Research Fellowship (ASP - Aspirant) (2020-2024) for Angelie Marilla

Situated mixedness in a “super-diverse” context: the case of Belgian-Asian couples in Belgium

FNRS PDR/OL T.0094.20

Contextual mobility in Europe-Southeast Asia social spaces: Belgian-Vietnamese and Belgian-Laotian couples in focus

ARC Program

The Research Team

Lucas Monteil

Posdoc Researcher

“Situated Mixedness”

Aaron Raphael Ponce

PhD Researcher

“Nation(ality), Sex(uality) and Class: Cross-Border Relationship Trajectories of Gay Belgian-Chinese Couples”

Mimy Keomanichanh

PhD Researcher

“Emotion work and conjugal dynamics: Belgian-Laotian couples in Belgium and Laos”

Angelie Marilla

PhD Researcher

“Home objects: materiality and mobility of Belgian-Vietnamese couples”

Asuncion Fresnoza-Flot

Principal Investigator

FNRS Tenured Research Associate, Senior Lecturer

Associates

Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium

Catherine Lourdes Dy

Collaboratrice Scientifique

“Transnational Filipino Families in Eastern Europe: Romania and the Visegrad Countries”

Education University of Hong Kong

Herbary Zhang

Chercheur associé à l’Institut de Recherche sur l’Asie du Sud-Est Contemporaine

“Southeast Asia and Hong Kong Connections: Gender and Migration; Identity and Belonging”

University of Lille, France

Cai Chen

Master Erasmus Mundus MITRA

“Identity, Sexuality, Mobility: The Trajectories of Gay Students from China to France and beyond”

Catholic University of Leuven, Belgium

Jenthe Blockx

Master Student

“The constraints on intimacy beyond borders: a study on the impact of
Covid-19, and the following measures, on transnational, intimate
relationships”

Waseda University, Tokyo

Eline Delmarcelle

PhD Student

“Emotional nationality: citizenship acquisition, ethnicity and identification to the nation in Japan and Belgium”

University of Lille, France

Yoko Iwashita

PhD Student

“Intercultural dynamics of Franco-Japanese families in France (Lille) and Japan (Tokyo) from the 1990s”

News

[Special issue] “Asia-Europe intimate links: family migrants, binational couples and mixed-parentage children” edited by Asuncion Fresnoza-Flot & Simeng Wang
https://journals.sagepub.com/action/showTocPdf?volume=30&issue=1&journalCode=amja

UPCOMING EVENTS

18-19 November 2021 - “Rethinking the Gay Chinese Migrant: Lived Experiences and Agency of Gay Chinese in Paris and Brussels” by Aaron Raphael Ponce and Cai Chen at the 4th CERPE Workshop in Paris “Chinese migrations in Europe: between continuity and renewal”, Campus Condorcet, Aubervilliers (France)

29-30 September - 1 October 2021 Workshop « Sexualité et classes sociales. Décloisonnement thématique, enjeux méthodologiques » Conference on: Sexuality and social classes: Thematic opening, methodological issues), co-organized by Lucas Monteil, Lyon (France)

6 July 2021 - “Moving objects: migration, gender and materiality in the domestic space of mixed couples” by Angelie Marilla in the panel: Gender, Sexuality and Migration (The Migration Conference 2021), Ming-Ai Institute, London (UK)

22 June 2021 - “(Im)mobile people, (im)mobile things: Mixed families’ experience with restriction rules and circulation of objects during the pandemic” by Angelie Marilla at the Workshop on Cross-border Families under Covid-19, Tel Aviv University (Israel)

3 June 2021 - “Sexuality and Mobility: The Trajectories of Gay Students from China to France and beyond” by Cai Chen at the Webinar Mitra “Crossing perspectives on transnational migrations: an interdisciplinary approach”, Université de Lille (France)

2 June 2021- “Sociography of Belgian-Asian couples in Belgium and its evolution: Preliminary observations and questions for an ongoing collective research” at East Asian Studies (EASt) Seminar, ULB

PAST EVENTS

19 May 2021 - Presentation of the Special Issue Asian and Pacific Migration Journal (2021) on “Asia-Europe intimate links: family migrants, binational couples and mixed-parentage children” edited by Asuncion Fresnoza-Flot and Simeng Wang

6 May 2021 - One-day workshop on “Europe-Thailand transnational migration: intimacy, sexuality and gender” organized by Asuncion Fresnoza-Flot with ULB (Belgium), UCLouvain (Belgium) and Mahidol University (Thailand)

29 April 2021 - “Migration et normes religieuses en mutation : les migrants catholiques philippins à Paris” by Catherine Lourdes Dy and Asuncion Fresnoza-Flot at the conference “Migrants catholiques dans une société plurielle : ancrage religieux et social”, Lyon Catholic University (France)

28 April 2021 - “I think I made the best choice: Lao women’s selection of a Belgian partner” by Mimy Keomanichanh at East Asian Studies (EASt) Seminar, ULB

2 April 2021 - “Reflections on marriage and intimate unions in migration context: sharing experience in doing research on Belgian-Chinese gay couples” by Aaron Raphael Ponce at the Seminar of Anthropology II (Module 1. “Intermarriages, ‘mixed’ families and migration”) class of Asuncion Fresnoza-Flot

25 March 2021 - “Repartnering or singlehood in Europe? Filipino divorced women experiencing intersecting differences” by Asuncion Fresnoza-Flot in the webinar “Post-divorce intimacy in contemporary Asia”, International Inequalities Institute, The London School of Economics and Political Science (UK)

18 March 2021 - “Changing patterns of Chinese migration to Portugal: from economic migrants to Golden Visa citizens”, Public Lecture by Dr. Sofia Gaspar
at (EASt/MSH invited professor), ULB

12 March 2021 - “Methodological approach to the study of conjugal mixedness: ethnography in the ‘virtual’ world; sharing experience in doing fieldwork among Belgian-Vietnamese couples” by Angelie Marilla at the Seminar of Anthropology II (Module 1. “Intermarriages, ‘mixed’ families and migration”) class of Asuncion Fresnoza-Flot

5 March 2021 - “Divorce in mixed couples in Portugal: the case of Portuguese-Brazilian and Portuguese-Cape Verdean couples by Dr. Sofia Gaspar
at the Seminar of Anthropology II (Module 1. “Intermarriages, ‘mixed’ families and migration”) class of Asuncion Fresnoza-Flot

19 February 2021 - “Methodological approach to the study of conjugal mixedness: ethnography in the ‘real’ world; sharing experience in doing fieldwork among Belgian-Laotian couples” by Mimy Keomanichanh at the Seminar of Anthropology II (Module 1. “Intermarriages, ‘mixed’ families and migration”) class of Asuncion Fresnoza-Flot

5 February 2021 - “Using Virtual Ethnography amid Covid-19: Exploring Sexuality and Mobility in the Trajectories of Gay Students from China to France and beyond” by Cai Chen at the “Seminar of Master Students under the supervision of Prof. A. Fresnoza-Flot”, ULB

27 January 2021 - “Ethnography with objects: Thinking and interviewing with everyday objects in the homes of Vietnamese-Belgian couples” by Angelie Marilla at East Asian Studies (EASt) Seminar, ULB

10 December 2020- “Mobilities and Life Trajectories of Gay Chinese-Belgian Couples: Sexuality, Ethno-Nationalism, and Class” by Aaron Raphael Ponce during the STRIGES Seminar, ULB

8 December 2020 - “Contextual mobility across socio-legal regimes: Belgian migrants confronting legal and health challenges in Thailand” by Asuncion Fresnoza-Flot during the Wine and Lunch Meeting (webinar) at the Centre for Migration Law/Institute for the Sociology of Law of Radboud University Nijmegen (The Netherlands)”

30 October 2020 - “Visual and material methods: Insights from doing research on home objects of mixed couples” by Angelie Marilla at the Research Methods in Anthropology class of Prof. Maite Maskens, ULB

1-2 July 2020 - “Gender and health in migration: Belgian men navigating social service structures in Thailand and in Belgium” by Asuncion Fresnoza-Flot in the Panel “Transforming family relations and gender dynamics II” during the 17th IMISCOE Annual Conference (online)

7 February 2020 - “Home objects and routes: Mobility and materiality in the everyday life of Vietnamese women in mixed marriages” by Angelie Marilla during the Séminaire Anthropologie à Bruxelles-Brussels Anthropology (ABBA), LAMC-ULB

30 November 2019 - “Doing research on intimacy: Insights from doing research on Lao-Belgian couples” by Mimy Keomanichanh at the Research Methods in Anthropology class of Prof. Maite Maskens, ULB

28 November 2019 - Research presentations by Lucas Monteil, Aaron Raphael Ponce, Mimy Keomanichanh and Angelie Marilla at the Workshop on Conjugal Mixedness with discussants Dr. Vanessa Frangville of East Asia Research Centre (EASt-MSH, ULB), Dr. Nawal Bensaid of the Group for Research on Ethnic Relations, Migration and Equality (GERME, ULB); and Pr. Iris Sportel of the Centre for Migration Law (CMR, Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands), LAMC-ULB

10-13 September 2019- Paper presentation by Aaron Raphael Ponce in the panel “Queer (In)visibility in Southeast Asia: Class, Politics, and Global Sexual Health” at the EuroSEAS Conference-European Association for Southeast Asian Studies, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (Germany)


10-13 September 2019 - “Visualizing “home” here and there: Vietnamese-Belgian couples’ material and symbolic social performances in the domestic and public spaces” by Angelie Marilla at the EuroSEAS Conference-European Association for Southeast Asian Studies, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (Germany)


3-4 June 2019- Paper presentation by Angelie Marilla in the panel “Home and Kinship on the Move: Forms of relatedness in times of mobility” at the International Symposium HomING Displacement, suspension, projections and achievements in making home on the move, University of Trento (Italy). 


28 May 2019 - Research proposal presentations on Lao-Belgian couples and Vietnamese Belgian Couples by Mimy Keomanichanh and Angelie Marilla in the panel Migrations et cultures, (STRIGES) Journée Doctorale, MSH-ULB

Photographs from fieldwork and other events

This gallery contains fieldwork photographs taken during multi-sited ethnography in Belgium, Vietnam, Laos, Thailand, Philippines and China. It also includes some pictures taken during meetings, seminars, conferences and other gatherings.

Contact us

LAMC - Institut de Sociologie
Université libre de Bruxelles
C.P. 124, Avenue Jeanne 44
B-1050 Bruxelles, Belgique

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