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Mei-hua Chen

Professor

Department of Sociology, National Sun Yat-Sen University, Taiwan.

Currently teaches Feminist Theory,  Sociology of Sexuality, and Masculinites. I have been published articles on issues such as sex work and sexuality in well-known sociological journals in Taiwan. Recently my research focuses on migration and sexuality. Current research aims to examine the ways in which migration has an impact on Chinese migrant sex work in Taiwan, and how sexuality intersects with gender, class, nationality and global economic hierarchy in Taiwanese men’s sex tourism in China.


Telephone: 886-7-5252000 ext. 5657

Email: mc153@mail.nsysu.edu.tw

 

Education

Dec 2003      Ph.D. Centre for Women’s Studies, University of York, UK

Sep 92--Jan 96  M.A. Department of Political Science, Soochow University, Taipei, Taiwan, R.O.C.

Sep 88--Jun 92  B.A. Department of Political Science, Soochow University, Taipei, Taiwan, R.O.C.

 

Academic Awards

2014   Distinguished Teaching Award, National Sun Yat-sen University, Taiwan

2013   Young Scholar Award, College of Social Sciences, National Sun Yat-sen University, Taiwan

Jun 2003 PhD dissertation fellowship, Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange

Oct 2001-Oct 2003 Overseas Research Students Awards, Universities UK, UK

Aug 2002 Full Scholarship from Noise European Summer School, Utrecht, The Netherlands. The Programme of the summer school: 'Diasporic Identities and Medi@ted Cultures: Gender, Power, Representations.

Jan 96-May 96 Fellowship, Human Rights Advocacy Program, Department of Political Science, Utica College of Syracuse University, Utica, New York, U.S.A

Teaching 

Graduate level

Feminist Theory; Feminism and Sexuality; Masculinities; Gender, Justice and Social Policy; Feminist Research Methods

Undergraduate level

Sociology of Gender; Sexuality education and Gender; Gender and Intimacy

 

Research projects

Jan 2016~Dec 2017 Divided legal mobilizations on commercial sex: local legal mobilization on commercial sex in the anti-trafficking era, (MOST 105-2420-H-110-001-MY2), Grant: NT$1,208,500

Aug 2015~July 2017 Challenging heteronormativity: sex, love and intimacies in extramarital sex of Taiwanese, (MOST 104-2410-H-110 -041 -MY2), Grant: NT$1,657,500

Aug 2013—Jul 2015 ‘Sexual migration between Taiwan and China: migrant sex work and transnational sex tourism, (MOST102-2410-H-110-022-MY2), Grant: NT$ 2,095,000.

Aug 2010—Jul 2013 ‘Transnational sexual consumption: the intersectionality of gender, sexuality and nationality’, (NSC99-2410-H-110-049-MY3), Grant: NT$ 2,655,000.

Aug 2008—Jul 2010 ‘Gender, work, and embodiment in body work: the cases of beauty industry and care work’, (NSC97-2410-H-029-019-MY2), Grant: NT$ 1,171,000.

Aug 2006—Jul 2008 ‘Pimps, punters, and police: transgressive practices, fluid identities and the self-reproduction of sex industry’, (NSC95-2412-H-029—12-MY2), Grant: NT$ 1,346,000.

Aug 2005—Jul 2006 ‘Searching the material bases of Taiwanese sex industry: gendered labour market, family and the sex industry’ (NSC94-2412-H-037-005), Grant: NT$ 494,000.

Sep 2004—Aug 2005 ‘Contexualization of free choice: an empirical research on Chinese migrant sex workers’ sponsored by NSC, (NSC93-2412-H-037-007), Grant: NT$ 355,500.



Publications

Dissertation

Selling bodies/ selling pleasure: women negotiating poverty, work and sexuality, unpublished PhD dissertation of the Centre for Women’s Studies, University of York, UK


Journal

2017  Crossing borders to buy sex- Taiwanese men negotiating gender, class and nationality in the Chinese sex industrySexualities, First published date: February-08-2017 DOI: 10.1177/1363460716676989 (SSCI)

Forthcoming, Hong-zen, Wang and Mei-Hua,Chen, Discourses on Non-confirming Marriages: Love in Taiwan, International Journal of Japanese Sociology (accepted).

2015  The “Fake Marriage” Test in Taiwan: Gender, Sexuality, and Border ControlCross-Currents: East Asian History and Culture Review 4(2): 496518

2015  The “Fake Marriage” Test in Taiwan: Gender, Sexuality and Border Control, Cross-Currents: East Asian History and Culture Review E-Journal, 15:82-107.

2013  Mei-Hua Chen and Ching-yi Tsai, Say Whatever Doctors Want to Hear: Gender and sexuality in the Diagnosis ofTranssexualism, Taiwan Human Rights Journal, 2(2): 3-39. (in Chinese)

2013  Chin-fen Chang and Mei-hua Chen, ‘Dependency, Globalization and Overseas Sex-Related Consumption by EastAsians’, International Journal of Tourism Research, 15(6): 521-534.

2011  ‘Exploitation or reciprocity?: the intersectionality of cross-strait commercial sex network’, Taiwanese Journal of Sociology, 48: 1-48. (in Chinese)

2010  ‘Sexualized border control:the investigation of “phony marriage” and the exclusion of Chinese migrants/sex workers', Taiwanese Sociology, 19:55-105. (in Chinese)

2008  ‘Sexual Secrets in the field:reflections on gender, sexuality, and knowledge in the study of sex work’, Taiwan: A Radical Quarterly in Social Studies, 71:1-39. (in Chinese)

2007  ‘Making sense of prostitution: genderedlabour market, family and power games’, Journal of Women’s and Gender Studies, 24:47-100. (in Chinese)

2006  ‘Labour,the body and sexuality: women sex workers’ negotiation of public and privatesex and work’, Taiwanese Sociology, 11:1-55. (in Chinese)

2003  'Lesde'sirs sexuels masculins et leurs contradictions: masculinite', style de vieet sexualite' Le cas des clients de prostitue'es a` Taiwan', Travail, Genre et Societes, no. 10, pp 107-128, Paris: L’Harmatan & the CNRS

1999  ‘Debates on surrogate motherhood--women as victims or subjects?’, The Taiwan Law Review, Taipei: Angle Publish Press. (in Chinese)

1996  ‘Women's right to abortion--on Roe v. Wade’, Political Science Journal of Soochow University, Taipei: Soochow University Press. (in Chinese)


Chapters in Books

2014 Negotiating masculinities:Taiwanese men’s use of commercial sex’ in Mark McLelland and Vera Mackie (eds), The Routledge Handbook of Sexuality Studies in East Asia

2014  Policing sex work and its social exclusion, in Jau-Hwa Chen ed., White Book on Taiwanese Women: 2014, pp. 343-379, Taipei: Fembook (in Chinese)

2012  ‘Sexualité et ethnicité dans le tourisme sexuel. Les consommateurs taïwanais de sexe àDongguan’ In T. Angeloff & M. Lieber (Eds.), Chinoises au XXIe siècle: Ruptures et continuities, pp. 195-213. Paris: La Découverte.

2010  ‘Sexual Secrets in the field: reflections on gender, sexuality, and knowledge in the study of sex work’ reprinted in Ping Chou and Yu-shuan Lin (eds), Gender and Sexuality in Qualitative Research, pp. 279-332. Taipei: Chuliu Publisher (in Chinese)

2009  ‘Gender’ in Hei-Yuan Chiu and Jenn-Hwan Wang (eds), Sociology and Taiwanese Society, pp. 123-143. (in Chinese, textbook)

2008  ‘Sex and work in sex work: negotiating intimacy and commercial sex amongTaiwanese sex workers’ in Stevi Jackson and Liu Jieyu with Woo Juhyun (eds), East Asian Sexualities: Modernity, Gender and New Sexual Cultures, pp. 104-122. London: Zed Bookspeer reviewed

2006 Selling bodies / selling pleasure: thesocial organization of sex work in Taiwan’ in G. Gangoli and N. Westmarland (eds) International Approaches to Prostitution: Law and Policy in Europe and Asia, pp.165-184. Bristol: Policy Presspeer reviewed


Conference papers

2014 Gendered Sexual Migration across Taiwan Strait, paper presented to XVIII ISA World Congress of Sociology, 13-19 Jul at Yokohama, Japan

2014 Mei-Hua Chen and Wei-Pang Wang, ‘Gendered Differences on the Attitudes and Solutions Toward Extramarital Sex in Taiwan, paper presented to XVIII ISA World Congress of Sociology, 13-19 Jul at Yokohama, Japan

2013 Policing sex work and its social exclusion, paper presented to Taiwanese Political Science Association, 30 Nov- 1 Dec 2013 at National Sun Yat-sen University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan

2013 Mei-Hua Chen and Wei-Pang Wang, ‘Heteronormativity Prism: Gendered Attitudes toward Extramarital Sex and Homosexuality in Taiwan’, paper presented to Annual Taiwanese Sociological Association, 30 Nov- 1 Dec 2013 at National Cheng-Chi University, Taipei, Taiwan.

2013 Mei-Hua Chen and Wei-Pang Wang, ‘Gendered Attitudes toward Extramarital Sex and Homosexuality in Taiwan’, paper presented to Taiwan Social Chang Survey 2013 Symposium on Gender, Family and Sexuality, Sep 13-14, Institute of Sociology, Academia Sinica, Taipei

2013 ‘Sexualized border control: the investigation of “phoney-marriage” and the exclusion of Chinese migrant/sex workers’, invited talk gave at International Symposium of Sexuality in East Asia at Kyoto University, May 18 2013, Kyoto, Japan

2013 Taiwanese Men Who Buy Sex in Dongguan: Exploring Intersectionality of Gender, Sexuality and Nationality, paper resented to British Sociology Annual Conference, Apr 3-5 2013, Grand Connaught Room, Lodon

2012 ‘Enjoy the feeling of ‘falling in love’: practices of intimacies of Taiwanese sex tourists in Dongguan, paper presented in Connecting Sexual Ethics and Politics conference, 29-31 August 2012 at Ghent, Belgium

2012 ‘Taiwanese men’s sex tourism in China: exploring the intersectionality of gender, nationality and sexuality’, paper presented in Symposium on Beyond the East West Divide: Gender, Intimacy and Modernity, May 24-25 2012 at The University of Hong Kong

2011 ‘Taiwanese men who buy sex in Dongguan: exploring intersectionality of sexuality and nationality in sex tourism’, paper presented in 2011 Annual Taiwanese Sociology Conference, Dec 10-11 2011 at National Taiwan University, Taiwan (in Chinese)

2011 ‘Transnational sexual consumption of Taiwanese men: exploring the intersectionality of gender, sexuality and class and nationality, paper presented in The Third International Conference of Chinese Sex Research, 21-23 Jun 2011 at People’s University, Beijing, China (in Chinese)

2010 Chin-fen Chang and Mei-hua Chen, ‘Class and occupational divide of sex tourism by East Asian’, paper presented in VXII ISA World Congress of Sociology 11-17 Jul 2010 at Gothenburg, Sweden

2009 ‘Exploitation or reciprocity?—the politics of gender, class and nationality of cross-strait commercial sex network’, paper presented in the Conference of Commercial sex: expert meeting of law and public policy, Nov 28-30 2009 at Xiamen University, China (in Chinese)

2009 Chin-fen Chang and Mei-hua Chen, ‘Sex tourism by Taiwanese: where did they go and who are they’, paper presented on the 14th Annual Conference of Taiwan Social Change Survey and 2009 Conference of East Asia Social Survey, Nov 18 2009, Sinica, Taiwan

2009 ‘Sexualized border control: the investigation of “phoney-marriage” and the exclusion of Chinese migrant/sex workers’, paper presented in the Gendering East / West Conference, 8-10 Jul at University of York, UK

2008 ‘Exploitation or business partners?—the mechanism of (sexual) exploitation of cross-strait commercial sex’, paper presented in 2008 Annual Taiwanese Sociology Conference, 2008/12/13-14, Taipei: Sinica (in Chinese)

2008 ‘Caught between transnational marriage and transnational prostitution: Chinese migrant sex workers in Taiwan’, paper presented in the 10th International Interdisciplinary Congress on Women’s World 2008, 3-9 Jul 08 at University of Madrid, Spain

2008 ‘Controlling marriage and besieging prostitution: stratified “phoney-marriage” investigation and the exclusion of Chinese migrant / sex workers’, paper presented in the workshop on ‘Intimacies: state, power and sexualities’, 2008/05/23, Taichung: Tunghai University (in Chinese)

2007 ‘Want to be a pimp?’—class, ethnicity and gender performance in the network of cross-strait commercial sex, paper presented in 200 Annual Taiwanese Sociology Conference, 2007/11/24-25, Taipei: National Taiwan University (in Chinese)

2006 ‘Making sense of prostitution: gendered labour market, family and power games’, paper presented in the 4th Taiwan-Hong Kong-China Studies Conference, 2006/11/23-24, Taichung: Tunghai University (in Chinese)

2006 ‘Transnational prostitution / transnational intimacites: dalumeis negotiate poverty, sexuality and intimacy in Taiwan’ invited paper (in Chinese)presented in International Workshop on Sexuality and Migrations in Asia, 10-11 Apr 06 at Asian MetaCentre for Population and Sustainable Development Analysis, Asia Research Institute, Singapore

2005 ‘A Shameless secret: reflection on knowledge, power and sexuality in conducting research on sex work’, invited paper presented in the Annual Conference of Taiwanese Feminist Scholars, 01-02 Oct 05at National Taiwan University, Taipei (in Chinese)

2005 ‘Doing commercial sex for the “Taiwan dream”: contexualizing the “free choice” of Chinese migrant sex worker’, invited paper presented in the 1st Annual Conference of Human Rights Studies, 26-27 Oct 05 at Center for the Study of Human Rights, Soochow University, Taipei (in Chinese)

2005 ‘On sex and work in sex work’ invited paper presented in Feminist Legal Study Conference: Theory and Practice, 29 Apr 05 at College of Law at National Taiwan University, Taipei (in Chinese)

2004 ‘When a “feminist” meet the “whore”: a reflection on doing research on sex workers’ invited paper presented in Gender Experiences and Qualitative Research Conference, 22-23 Nov 04 at Graduate Institute of Gender Education, National Kaohsiung Normal University, Kaohsiung (in Chinese)

2004 ‘ “I gritted my teeth to do it”—becoming a professional sex worker’, paper presented in Pleasure and Danger Revisited: Sexuality in the 21th Century Conference, 30 Jun 2004 at Cardiff University, UK

2003 ‘Oh, my boyfriend once was my client’—negotiating intimacy and commercial sex among Taiwanese sex workers’, paper presented in the 16th Annual Conference of the Women’s Studies Network (UK) Association, Crossing Boundaries Conference, Birkbeck College, University of London, 4 Jul 2003.

1999 ‘The interactions between the Legislative Yuan and women's movement’, paper presented at the conference of “Toward the 21th Centuty Legislative Yuan--On the New Challenge, New Norms and the New Congress”, Taipei: Institute for National Policy Research Press. (in Chinese) 


Others

2005 ‘Sex, gender and heteronormativity: a note of the visiting of Prof Stevi Jackson’, Forum in Women’s and Gender Studies, No. 75, pp. 79-96, Taipei: Women’s Research Program, Population and Gender Studies Center, National Taiwan University (in Chinese)

2002 ‘The experience of fieldwork with Taiwanese sex workers’, The Newsletter of Women’s Studies Network Association (UK), UK

2000 ‘Women’s right to work in Taiwan’ in Mei-hua Chen (ed) Taiwan Women’s Rights Report 1999, Taipei: Awakening Foundation. (in Chinese)

1999 ‘The protection of women’s rights in International Human Rights Law’, Handbook of Women's Rights, Taipei: The Executive Yuan Press. (in Chinese)

1998 ‘Reviewing women’s equal rights policies of Taipei City Government’, paper presented at the conference of “Reviewing Taipei City Government's Social Welfare Policies”, Taipei: The League of Taipei Social Welfare Press. (in Chinese)

1998 ‘Women's rights in Taiwan’, statement at the conference of “Asian Conference to Commemorate Kwangju Uprising and to Declare Asian Human Rights Charter--A People's Charter”, Kwangju, Korea: Asian Human Rights Commission Press. (in Chinese)

1998 ‘On licensed prostitution in Taipei City’, Stir (5), Taipei: Awakening Foundation Press. (in Chinese)


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