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Isabelle Cheng

EATS Board Member, 2012-2016

After completing my PhD in the Department of Politics and International Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), I became Lecturer in East Asian Studies at the School of Languages and Area Studies (SLAS), University of Portsmouth in 2012. I am also a Research Associate of the SOAS Centre of Taiwan Studies. After serving on the EATS Board for one year, I organised the 11th EATS Conference hosted by SLAS and the Centre for European and International Studies Research (CEISR) of University of Portsmouth.

My PhD thesis was on the transformation of national identity of marriage immigrant women in Taiwan. Grounded on the results of in-depth interviews of 98 women from China, Vietnam, Indonesia and the Philippines, I compare how the shift of their identity was affected by citizenship legislation, the proficiency and accent of Chinese language and motherhood experiences. Parts of my research findings are being published by Asian Ethnicity and Journal of Current Chinese Affairs.

My research interests now cover three main areas: (1) East Asian marriage migration with a focus on citizenship legislation and multiculturalism; (2) Overseas Chinese Studies; and (3) Cold War history in East Asia.

Dr Isabelle Cheng, Senior Lecturer in East Asian Studies, School of Languages and Area Studies, the University of Portsmouth.