Role mobility and transnational marriage: Immigrant women in Taiwan

Shu Man Pan*, Jung Tsung Yang

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Drawing interviews with 42 immigrants from Southeast Asia, this study explores gendered family care and housework within immigrant households in Taiwan. Research findings of this study demonstrate that family support can transform gender roles within immigrant households. Immigrants in extended families gain support from family relatives, but lose opportunities to change the traditional husband and wife roles associated with childcare and housework. Different from the predominant stereotype, most immigrants are full-time employees or have multiple part-time jobs to support their family. Transnational marriage gives third-world women opportunities to move away from disadvantaged living conditions and gives their husbands an opportunity to change their gender roles in everyday life.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGlobal Diasporas and Development
Subtitle of host publicationSocioeconomic, Cultural, and Policy Perspectives
PublisherSpringer India
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9788132210474
ISBN (Print)9788132210467
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Jan 1

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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