Experiences of migrant women in contemporary Taiwan

31 October 2019
Woolnough Lecture Theatre, Geology Building, UWA
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Experiences of migrant women in contemporary Taiwan

A public lecture by Tiffany Hsu and Yow-Jiun Wang, National Cheng Kung University, 2019 Institute of Advanced Studies Visiting Fellows.

This public lecture features two experts from the field discussing on their latest research into the experiences of migrant woman in Taiwan.
Self-Care and Leisure Coping of Female Marriage Migrants in Taiwan

Shan-Hui (Tiffany) Hsu, National Cheng Kung University

Much evidence supports the idea that poor mental health could be responsible for poor physical health. In this regard, leisure coping has been found to be a positive influence in dealing with accumulative stress for female marriage migrants. For example, leisure engagement not only help migrant women develop their social network but also achieve their sense of well-being. At work or at home, female marriage migrants play multiple roles on a daily basis, ranging from caregiver to care-receiver. Leisure plays a major role in the process of their acculturation in the host country and for the health of these migrant women in Taiwan. Inspired by the idea of “the care of the self” proposed by Michael Foucault that regards life, or the body, as a site of resilience, this study explores how the process of acculturation influences the ways in which female marriage migrants understand and participate in leisure activities; and the kinds of “self” or “individuality” produced by migrant women through leisure participation in their daily acculturation process. In addition, this study attempts to raise awareness of a sense of self-care among female marriage migrants in Taiwan by revealing the intertwined relationship between body, self, and society.

Associate Professor Tiffany Hsu is a member of the Institute of Physical Education at the National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan. She was formerly the Director of the Research Center for Gender and Women’s Studies there (2015-2017). She holds a PhD in Physical Education and Sports Studies from the University of Georgia, USA. Her research and publications focus on multicultural and gendered education, with a particular interest in physical education, and in physical and leisure activities as a form of care for migrant women in Taiwan.

Having her voice heard on social network sites: the experiences of Vietnamese marriage migrants in Taiwan

Yow-Jiun Wang, National Chen Kung University, Taiwan

This talk explores two kinds of voices of Vietnamese marriage migrants in Taiwan. As citizens, their voices are usually not heard by the general public. Recently, however, the Public Television Service in Taiwan started to selectively translate news reports in Vietnamese (as well as some other Southeast Asian languages) and distribute them via both its television channel and social media. Its Facebook page has unexpectedly become a space where Vietnamese people in Taiwan express their opinions about Taiwanese policies and politics. On the other hand, Vietnamese marriage migrants employ Facebook pages in sophisticated ways to represent their daily life situations as female migrants. Some of them actively reach out to mainstream society by frequently publishing their posts in Chinese or in both languages and make them public to all.

Associate Professor Yow-Jiun Wang is Director of the News Center and an Associate Professor in the Department of Taiwanese Literature, at National Chen Kung University, Taiwan. She holds a PhD from the Stirling Media Research Institute, University of Stirling, Scotland. Her research and publications focus on media, gender and cultural studies, particularly self-narratives and identity, digital memories, discourse theories and cultural analysis, and female migrants’ parenting and cultural experiences. She has received funding from the Ministry of Science and Technology on several occasions for her research, including on Women’s and Men’s Internet Dating in Taiwan, and on tabloid sex pages.