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Deferral and Intimacy: Long-distance Romance and Thai Migrants Abroad
December 2, 2019 - 13:00-14:30
Open seminar by Andrew Alan Johnson, Visiting Fellow at the Southeast Asia Program, Cornell University. Mr. Johnson will present an ethnographic study of the Thai male romantic partners of Thai women working abroad as sex workers or marriage migrants, and their engagement with the problems of impermanence and deferral. Via the “work of waiting” (Kwon 2015) of those left behind, he argues that waiting is in tension with the impermanence of hopes, selves, and bodies. Mr. Johnson asks: what does it mean to “wait,” when what is promised, who promises, and the future date when promises are to be realized are each in flux?
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