International Journal of
Sociology and Anthropology

  • Abbreviation: Int. J. Sociol. Anthropol.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2006-988X
  • DOI: 10.5897/IJSA
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 305

Full Length Research Paper

Reframing studies of female marriage migrants’ educational involvement: A study of Chinese and Southeast Asian female marriage migrants in Taiwan

Yi-Hsuan Chelsea Kuo
School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Mercy College, New York, USA.
Email: [email protected]

  •  Accepted: 09 September 2011
  •  Published: 31 October 2011



This study looks at female marriage migrants’ involvement in their children’s education in Taiwan. This phenomenon must however be seen within the context of international hypergamy which has become an increasingly notable trend in many countries especially those of East Asia. Female marriage migrants coming to Taiwan chiefly from Southeast Asian countries and from China, often are depicted by the mainstream discourse of media, government, and school, and even in academic studies as being incapable mothers, based on their cultural-linguistic difference and arguably low socio-economic status. This paper cautions against this viewpoint for it often ignores the agency of the female marriage migrant by looking upon her degree of involvement in her children’s education as a direct result of her linguistic capital or her family’s socioeconomic status. The author seeks to reframe such studies by taking into account the female marriage migrant’s active role in shaping her own unique adaptation strategy.


Key words: Taiwan, female marriage migrants, children’s education, academic studies.