[Zoom Talk] The Impact of Multiculturalism and the New South-Bound Policy on New Immigrants in Taiwan
Date: 23 June 2021 (Wednesday)
Time: 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Language: English
Venue: Zoom
Deadline of Registration: 21 June 2021

Abstract: Taiwan has been a migrant society, but the use of multiculturalism language in official documents and civil events only began in the last decade when Taiwan actively sought closer ties with Southeast Asian countries. Against this political-economic backdrop, marriage migrants from Southeast Asia (referred to as “new immigrants”) previously regarded as “social problems” are suddenly redefined as “social capital” and “civil diplomats”. This change in perception and concomitant policymaking regarding new immigrants and their children born in Taiwan has provoked controversies. In this talk I will discuss, firstly, how government advocacy of multiculturalism and the New South-Bound Policy has reconstructed the image of new immigrants and their children, and secondly, how college students (the new second generation and their peers) respond to this policy trend. By analyzing online commentaries, the new second generation’s stories, and interviews with new second generation college students, I show how marriage migrants and their children negotiate and/or resist the official discourse and social imagination, and shed light on the complexity of identity formation/reformation in Taiwan today.

Speaker: Prof. Hsunhui Tseng

Hsunhui Tseng is Assistant Professor in the Department of Taiwanese Literature at the National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan. Before joining the NCKU in 2020, she worked in the Gender Studies Programme at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Her research interests include transnational migration in Asia, including marriage migration, labor migration and student migration with a focus on the connection among Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, and Vietnam. Her works can be found in journals such as Asian Anthropology and Cross-Currents: East Asian History and Cultural Review, as well as edited volumes like Cultural Politics of Gender and Sexuality in Contemporary Asia and Human Trafficking in Asia: Forcing Issues, Framing Agendas. She is currently conducting a research project on single-parent immigrant families in Taiwan.

Discussant: Mr. Chang Cheng 張正

Chang Cheng is CEO of RTI (Radio Taiwan International), owner of Brilliant Time: Southeast Asia-themed Bookstore, and founder of “Bring Back to Taiwan a Book You Can’t Read” movement, and serves as an advisor on Southeast Asian Affairs, Ministry of Culture. He is author of “What Happened in Grandma’s Home: Major credits in Southeast Asia for Taiwanese”.
Mr. Chang is a senior media person in Taiwan. He is former deputy editor of the newspaper Lih Pao, editor-in-chief of 4-Way Voice monthly, producer of TV program “Singing in Taiwan”, and host of BCC’s “Càng ngày càng hạnh phúc” and VOH’s “Visit Southeast Asia”. He founded the “Grandma Bridge” project, and held posts including member of New Immigrants Affairs Coordination Committee under the Executive Yuan, secretary general of the NGO “GoDreamer”, and convener of Taiwan Literature Award for Migrants.

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