THE FORMATION OF “TRANSNATIONAL COMMUNITIES”

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Abstract

This article will explore the multicultural challenges resulting from increasing numbers of migrant workers and foreign (non‐Chinese) brides in Taiwan, and discuss how such outside cultural influences create new forms of cultural expression, identity and citizenship. It will further describe experiences and present theories specific to Taiwan’s experience. Research on “transnational communities” is fairly advanced in Taiwan. “Transnational communities” in Taiwan are expected to “assimilate” quickly into mainstream Taiwanese society, and personal cultural needs and influences are largely ignored. These communities continue to remain isolated from mainstream Taiwanese society, thus making them “invisible” to society as a whole. Therefore, this research hopes to encourage research into “transnational communities” within the field of cultural policy studies and provide a basic picture of the cultural influence and development of these communities in Taiwan.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)171-185
Number of pages15
JournalInternational Journal of Cultural Policy
Volume11
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jul 2005

Keywords

  • citizenship
  • cultural policy
  • identity
  • multiculturalism
  • transnational community

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