The symposium "Rethinking Global Capitalism through Intimate Industries in Asia" will be held on Friday, March 8, from 8 a.m.-6:30 p.m. at Pomona College (Hahn 108, 420 N. Harvard Ave., Claremont).

The speakers will focus on "intimate" industries like international marriage brokerages, adoption centers, sex tourism companies, internet pornography businesses, migrant care work training centers, medical tourism and more—industries that are central to Asia's role in the global political economy. The lectures will propose to develop a new framework for understanding the political economy of global labor by examining the institutionalization, commercial exchanges and markets involved in these industries.

This event is sponsored by the Pacific Basin Institute of Pomona College, the Canadian Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, University of Toronto and the Bernard Chan Asian Visiting Scholars Fund, and convened by Rhacel Parreñas, Rachel Silvey and Hung Thai.

Schedule and Speakers

8-8:30 a.m.—Introductions

  • Rhacel Salazar Parreñas (University of Southern California, sociology)
  • Rachel Silvey (University of Toronto, geography)
  • Hung Cam Thai (Pomona College, sociology)

8:30-10:10 a.m.—Panel I: The Moral Order of Intimate Practices

  • "From ‘women in vice' to ‘women in exploitation': Debates around regulation of trafficking and prostitution in India (1956 to 2006)"—Chaitanya Lakkimsetti (University of Southern California, gender studies). Reader: Rhacel Parreñas
  • "Intimacy at the Crossroads: Regulating Love between American GIs and Migrant Hostess Women in the Camptown Clubs in South Korea"—Hae Yeon Choo (University of Toronto, sociology). Reader: Eunshil Kim
  • "Missionary Labor and Affective Encounters"— Ju Hui Judy Han (University of Toronto, geography). Reader: Daniele Belanger
  • "Outsourcing Intimacy: Producing Global Adoptability of Special Needs Children in China"— Leslie Wang (Grand Valley State University, sociology). Reader: Eileen Otis

10:10-10:20 a.m.—Break

10:20 a.m. -12 p.m.—Panel II: Commodifying the Family

  • "Brides and Bachelors of China and Vietnam: markets, matchmakers and marriages"— Danièle Bélanger and Zhang Kun (University of Western Ontario, London, Canada, sociology). Reader: Aren Z. Aizura
  • "What Do Really the Matching System of Marriage Consulting Companies Count for Love and Happiness in Marriage?"— Eunshil Kim (Ewha Womans University, women's studies). Reader: Ju Hui Judy Han    
  • "Exploitation or Conspiracy? Gendered Power Dynamics in Transnational Marriage Brokerage: Taiwan as an Example"—Hsun-Hui Tseng (Weatherhead East Asian Institute, Columbia University). Reader: Chaitanya Lakkimsetti
  • "Transnational Surrogacy in India: Wages for Labor or Rent for Property?"— Sharmila Rudrappa (University of Texas-Austin, sociology). Reader: Hsun-Hui Tseng

12 p.m.– 1 p.m.—Lunch break (closed to the public)

1 p.m.– 2:15 p.m. —Panel III: Biopolitics and Marketized Intimacy

  • "Beyond Queering the Chain of Care: Affective Feminizations and Transnational Transgender Surgeries"— Aren Aizura (Rutgers University, gender studies). Reader: Nicole Constable
  • "Race, skin tone, and the production of intimacy: Transnational egg donation in India"Daisy Deomampo (City University of New York, anthropology). Reader: Purnima Mankekar
  • "China's Beauty Proletariat: Body Rules, Gender and Work in China's Cosmetics Industry"— Eileen Otis (University of Oregon, sociology). Reader: Hae Yeon Choo

2:15 p.m. -2:30 p.m.—Break 2:30 p.m.– 5:10 p.m.—Panel IV: The Production of Affect in Asia

  • "Encounters with Orangutans and Elephants: Southeast Asian ecotourism as an intimate industry"— Rheana Parreñas (Yale University, agrarian studies). Reader: Akhil Gupta
  • "At the Intersection of Three Intimate Industries: Domestic Work, Sex Tourism, and Adoption"— Nicole Constable  (University of Pittsburgh, anthropology). Reader: Sharmila Rudrappa
  • "Intimate Encounters: Immaterial Labor in Call Centers"— Akhil Gupta (University California-Los Angeles, anthropology) and Purnima Mankekar (University of California-Los Angeles, women's studies). Reader: Pei-Chia Lan
  • "Deferential Surrogates and Professional Others Recruitment and Training of Migrant Care Workers in Taiwan and Japan"— Pei Chia Lan (National Taiwan University, sociology). Reader: Leslie Wang

5:10 p.m. – 6 p.m.—Closing Discussion

Moderators: Rhacel Salazar Parreñas, Rachel Silvey and Hung Thai