After completing my PhD in the Centre of Gender Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies (University of London, UK), I have been involved in a Post-doctoral project in the School of Languages and Area Studies, University of Portsmouth (UK) thanks to a fellowship funded by the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange. Currently I am a lecturer in Asia Pacific Studies in the School of Global Languages and Studies at the University of Central Lancashire (UK).
I also am a Research Associate of the SOAS Centre of Taiwan Studies and a Research Fellow at the European Research Centre of Contemporary Taiwan (University of Tuebingen, Germany).
My current research project, building on the case of marriage migration and family formation in the context of China-Taiwan relations and applying an intersectional analysis framed within transnational feminist methodology, explores the subjective experiences of mainland Chinese marriage migrants as they bridge their lives and commitments between their two homes. The case of cross-Strait marriage migration is a significant case in contemporary migration patterns as, although it has emerged out of a context shaped by globalisation and the related push for liberalisation of movements, exchanges, investments across borders, it preserves a number of unique features related to the controversial cross-Strait relations. In this phenomenon, cross-Strait politics intersect with the private lives of marriage migrants, shaping their lived experiences, integration process, identities as well as the way they negotiate with structural constraints and opportunities. By shedding light on how emotions were manifested, performed and understood by marriage migrants in private and public spaces, this project aims to problematise our understanding of marriage migration phenomena as personal, family, social and political projects.
Dr Lara Momesso, lecturer in Asia Pacific Studies in the School of Global Languages and Studies at the University of Central Lancashire. Also, Research Associate at the Centre of Taiwan Studies, SOAS, the University of London and Research Fellow at the European Research Centre on Contemporary Taiwan, University of Tuebingen.