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Taiwan Studies Lecture Series: Beijing’s Cross-Strait Diplomacy through the Lens of Marriage Migrants in Taiwan (ONLINE)


Dr. Lara Momesso (School of Humanities, Language and Global Studies, University of Central Lancashire)

Datum und Zeit

17. Dezember 2021, 12:00 - 14:00 Uhr

Ort / Anmeldung

Aufgrund der pandemischen Situation findet der Vortrag online via Teams statt. Bitte registrieren Sie sich über folgenden Link.

About the talk

As cross-Strait movements and exchanges have increased considerably in the last couple of decades, Beijing has had new opportunities to exert its influence on Taiwan not only through hard power strategies but also through soft power solutions. This talk will explore how a group of migrants from the PRC residing in Taiwan have become  a target of Beijing in its cross-Strait diplomacy and how they have responded to Beijing's initiatives. The peculiarity of this case is that a majority of these migrants are women, who arrived in Taiwan for family reasons, as wives of Taiwanese citizens. In this context, Beijing developed a narrative enriched by gender connotations, by celebrating migrant women's roles as mothers of the nation, their families as symbols of cross-Strait unity, their modern lives and their beauty as a reflection of a new rising China. As a unique example of Beijing's not traditional public diplomacy, this talk will discuss the adaptive nature of Beijing's public diplomacy, when new social groups start to acquire strategic importance.

Kontakt / Anmeldung

Für Fragen wenden Sie sich bitte an PD Dr. Simona Grano.


Asien-Orient-Institut - Sinologie - Taiwan Studies Project