In the Bachelor of Arts (Fine Art) you have the opportunity to do an internship, where you can address and solve real issues in an arts industry workplace environment.
I learnt a lot during my six week internship with international artist Hannah Bertram.
By getting hands on, one-on-one knowledge from Hannah, I’ve been able to reinforce my own ways of thinking and creating, as well as gaining a good sense of time management.
Working on the job is a quicker learning experience than in the classroom, as I feel that you come to quicker realisations of what works and doesn’t for yourself.
Seeing Hannah applying herself to many things at once gives me confidence that I can do the same. As I push myself a little bit more each day out of my comfort zone, I prepare myself to take on more and more, to achieve more and more, and to expand and grow.
As a young emerging artist I want to do as much as I can, to see what feels right for me, and what to pursue in the creative world.
In the last decade, while scholarly work on international marriages within East and Southeast Asia has increased, the role and significance of marriage brokers in facilitating this form of transnational mobility has been given little attention.
This is a particularly obvious gap in knowledge in the East Asian context, as migration is largely mediated by brokers who play a strategic role in navigating the complex systems of regulation involved in the increasingly formalised regime of transnational migration.
Situating our focus on marriage brokers provides a critical vantage point for unpacking the “black box” of migration research whereby scrutiny is placed on the broader infrastructure—that is, “the institutions, networks, and people that move migrants from one place to another” (Lindquist, Xiang and Yeoh 2012, 9)—that makes mobility possible, whilst illuminating the micro-geographies of emotion and power involved in the interactions between marriage brokers and their male and female clients.
Drawing on qualitative interviews with commercial matchmaking agencies and Vietnamese marriage migrants in Singapore as part of a project entitled “State Boundaries, Cultural Politics and Gender Negotiation in Commercially Arranged International Marriages in Singapore and Malaysia”, this paper analyses the mediating role of marriage brokers in negotiating between various interfaces of state (regulatory regimes involving intricate and often stringent processes of immigration and marriage documentation), market (capitalising on business opportunities with the increasing demand among local men for foreign brides), and individual migrants (bridging aspirations and mutual expectations of an ideal spouse) to help clients tie the knot across international borders. In so doing, we demonstrate the often fluid and multi-scalar way in which brokers operate in the marriage migration industry, whilst revealing how distinctions between legality and illegality, and between profit-making and altruistic practices are difficult to sustain in practice.
Speaker: RMIT Foundation Visiting Fellow Professor Brenda Yeoh