Purposes

This bi-lingual research workshop seeks to contribute to academic debates on immigration and citizenship through a comparative examination of dynamics and socio-political impact of marriage migration in Mainland China and Taiwan. It has been widely argued that globalisation and global migration dynamics have complicated citizenship regimes and concepts worldwide. The ongoing debates on the transformation of Western and some East Asian societies and polities as a result of immigration have so far not closely considered the case of marriage immigration to Mainland China. While the research on marriage migration to Taiwan has proliferated in recent years, Mainland China remains largely perceived and researched as a source of emigrants to the rest of the world. This workshop will bring into dialogue scholars working on the issues of marriage migration in mainland China and Taiwan. By discussing and comparing the contexts and dynamics of marriage migration and local responses to them, this workshop will provide important insights for future comparative analyses of immigration and citizenship in Western and Chinese contexts. Invited participants will present a research paper which will be considered for a special journal issue comparing marriage migration in Taiwan and Mainland China and published in English and Chinese. Travel and subsistence costs for participants will be covered by the British Inter-University China Centre Phase II grant. The workshop will be co-hosted by the University of Manchester and Tunghai University (Taiwan) and will take place on campus of Tunghai University on 2-4 January 2014. English-Chinese and Chinese-English interpreting services will be provided during the workshop.