African Journal of
Political Science and International Relations

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Pol. Sci. Int. Relat.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1996-0832
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJPSIR
  • Start Year: 2007
  • Published Articles: 403

Full Length Research Paper

An initial exploration of the adaptation status of African new residents in Taiwan

Yu-Kang Lee
  • Yu-Kang Lee
  • Department of Political Economy, National Sun Yat-sen University, Taiwan.
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Dramane Thiombiano
  • Dramane Thiombiano
  • Department of Business Administration, National Yunlin University of Science and Technology, Taiwan.
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  •  Received: 09 May 2023
  •  Published: 31 July 2023

Abstract

While the presence of African new residents in Taiwan may not be as pronounced as that of Southeast Asian counterparts, a noteworthy number have settled in diverse regions of the island in recent years. The adaptation experiences of these African residents remain under-explored in academic literature, rendering this study a pioneering effort in examining this pertinent subject. Through meticulous in-depth interviews with 15 African residents, this research delves into multifaceted dimensions of their adjustment in Taiwan, encompassing social, cultural, quotidian practices, civic engagement, and professional integration. Our findings reveal both challenges and competencies in the adaptation process. While certain adaptive difficulties have been identified, the majority of respondents exhibit resilience and coping mechanisms. Drawing from our primary insights, the study subsequently offers specific recommendations for governmental agencies and relevant institutions, advocating measures to strengthen resident adaptation and foster a more inclusive Taiwanese society.

 

Key words: African new residents, Taiwan, adaptation status, cultural differences, language barriers.