Storm, Carsten (2018). Ed. Connecting Taiwan. Participation – Integration – Impacts.London: Routledge (9781138576773)

In this book an international team of scholars presents cases studies and theoretical debates emphasising agency in coping with the effects of globalisation. In so doing, they contest the image of Taiwan’s marginalization and seek to understand it in terms of its connectedness, whether globally, regionally or trans-nationally. Taking a multi-disciplinary, comparative approach, it covers themes such as markets and trading, diplomacy and nation-branding, collective action, media, film and literature, and religious mission. It thus combines perspectives from several disciplines including media studies, sociology, political science, and studies in religion.

Connecting TaiwanA New Era in Democratic Taiwan

Sullivan, Jonathan and Chun-Yi Lee (2018). eds. A New Era in Democratic Taiwan. Trajectories and Turning Points in Politics and cross-Strait Relations (9781138062429)

In January 2016, Taiwan’s former authoritarian ruler, the KMT, the Nationalist Party of China, lost control of both the presidency and the legislature. Having led the democratization process in Taiwan during the 1980s, it maintained a winning coalition among big business, the public sector, green-collar workers and local factions. Until now.

A New Era in Democratic Taiwan identifies past, present and future trajectories in party politics and state-society relations in Taiwan. Providing a comprehensive examination of public opinion data, it sheds light on significant changes in the composition of political attitudes among the electorate. Through theoretical and empirical analyses, this book also demonstrates the emergence of a ‘new’ Taiwanese identity during the transition to democracy and shows how a diffusion of interests in society has led to an opening for niche political organizations. The result, it argues, is a long-term challenge to the ruling parties.

As the first book to evaluate Taiwan’s domestic and international circumstances after Tsai’s election in 2016, this book will be useful for students and scholars of Taiwan Studies and cross-Strait relations, as well as Asian politics more generally.

Cheng, Isabelle and Lara Momesso (2019) eds., Rethinking Transnationalism in the Global World: Contested State, Society, Border, and the People in between

Seeing migration to and from Taiwan as an illustrating example for the growing transnational movement across state borders, this special section examines marriage migration from China and Southeast Asia to Taiwan and Taiwanese expat community in China. This project offers fresh theoretical and empirical insights to the growing transnational bonds formed across or within borders by men and women of varied ethnicities who defy the rigidity of citizenship regimes and negotiate with the on-going pressure to integrate into mainstream society. This project highlights that this expanding physical and symbolic transnational space is reined in by the intent of the host state to regulate the transgression of labour, capital, culture, identity, intimacy and consumption. Such entanglement manifests the penetration of the highly regulated borders by globalisation. Moreover, it also testifies the endurance of sovereignty, the interference of partisan politics, the politicisation of intimacy, the aspiration to autonomy and solidarity, the innovation for self-representation, and the desire of friendship and solidarity.

Cheng, Isabelle, Momesso, Lara, Fell, Dafydd (2018). Asset or Liability: Transnational Links and Political Participation of Foreign-Born Citizens in Taiwan? Doi: 10.1111/imig.12534..

Momesso, Lara, Lee, Chun-yi (2019). Nation, Migration, Identity: Learning from the Cross-Strait Context. Doi: 10.1111/imig.12576; Zani, Beatrice (2018). Gendered Transnational Ties and Multipolar Economies: Chinese Migrant Women’s WeChat Commerce in Taiwan. Doii: 0.1111/imig.12526

Rethinking Transnationalism in the Global World