The Afro Chinese Marriage, The Economic Advantage, And The Social Acceptance
The hypothesis of this research composes three parts: the political gains, the economic advantages, and the social acceptance.
Political gain hypothesis: the Afro-Chinese marriage enables undocumented African traders currently living in China to apply and get legitimacy over their staying in China.
Many of the previous studies using the in-depth interview or unstructured/unofficial interview (such as the one conducted by Lan in 2014 focusing on the Chinese/Nigerian couples) do mention that some of the African traders they encountered expressed the idea of ‘marry for citizenship’ (Lan, 2015; Lee, 2014), however due to their unstructured method of data collection, it is hard to say whether the ‘marry for citizenship’ is just a rarely happened case among specific individuals or is a commonality for a certain group of people in a relatively larger scale.
Economic advantages hypothesis: the African male traders take advantages of their Chinese female partners in terms of converting their social capital or human capital into a economic capital and use it to help their self-employed business. Hence the African traders who are married with a Chinese partner are supposed to have relatively higher income compared with those who are single due to this ‘spousal help’ effect.
As Grossbard-Shechtman states that the income gap between married and single men is one of the most obvious outcomes of men’s gain through the spousal help (Grossbard-Shechtman, 1986). Meng and…