~ 2021/06/30





Why and how does migration and mobility become a global issue? What are the struggles that migrants in different societies are facing? How do migrants cope with the difficulties? Through the ethnographies of immigration in Asia, Europe, and America, students will learn the world issues of migration and mobility. This course works in tandem with “New Immigrants Entrepreneurship and Education” University Social Responsibility (USR) project. Migrant workers and new immigrants will be guest speakers in class. Students enrolled in the course will visit the community of immigrants in Taiwan and engage in the local issue through social practices.




  • Understanding the phenomenon and theories of migration and mobility
  • Enhancing skills of curating and exhibiting the knowledge
  • Playing a role in social responsibility and have a positive impact on the world


2/25 Week 1: Introduction

Guest lecturer: Tim Schütz, PhD Researcher, University of California, Irvine

  • Stalker, Peter. 2008. Chapter 1&2, No-Nonsense Guide to International Migration. 2nd ed. No-Nonsense Guides. Oxford: New Internationalist.
  • Stalker, Peter.《國際遷徙與移民:解讀離國出走》第一、二章。

3/4 Week 2: Civic data of Global Migration

Guest lecturer: Tim Schütz, PhD Researcher, University of California, Irvine

Supplementary readings:

  • Genova, Nicholas De, ed. 2017. The Borders of “Europe”: Autonomy of Migration, Tactics of Bordering. Durham: Duke University Press Books.

3/11 Week 3: Migrant Lives and Vulnerability

Guest lecturer: Tim Schütz, PhD Researcher, University of California, Irvine

  • TBD. Andersson, Ruben. 2014. Illegality, Inc: Clandestine Migration and the Business of Bordering Europe. California Series in Public Anthropology 28. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Supplementary readings:

  • Papadopoulos, Dimitris, and Vassilis S. Tsianos. 2013. “After Citizenship: Autonomy of Migration, Organisational Ontology and Mobile Commons.” Citizenship Studies 17 (2): 178–96.
  • Papadopoulos, Dimitris. 2018. Experimental Practice: Technoscience, Alterontologies, and More-than-Social Movements. Duke University Press.

3/18 Week 4: Risk and Injustice

Guest lecturer: Tim Schütz, PhD Researcher, University of California, Irvine

  • Choose one chapter from Holmes, Seth. 2020. Asylum for Sale: Profit and Protest in the Migration Industry. Edited by Siobhán McGuirk and Adrienne Pine. None edition. Oakland: PM Press.

3/25 Week 5: States and Brokers

  • Tseng, Yen-fen, and HONG-zen Wang. 2013. “Governing Migrant Workers at a Distance: Managing the Temporary Status of Guestworkers in Taiwan.” International Migration 51 (4): 1–19.

Supplementary readings:

  • Stalker, Peter. 2008. Chapter 1&2, No-Nonsense Guide to International Migration. 2nd ed. No-Nonsense Guides. Oxford: New Internationalist.
  • Kivisto, Peter, and Thomas Faist. 2010. Chapter 7&8. Beyond a Border: The Causes and Consequences of Contemporary Immigration. Sociology for a New Century Series. Los Angeles: Pine Forge Press.
  • Zhang, Li. 2001. Chapter 1. Strangers in the City: Reconfigurations of Space, Power, and Social Networks within China’s Floating Population. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press.
  • Chan, Alexsia T., and Kevin J. O’Brien. 2019. “Phantom Services: Deflecting Migrant Workers in China.” The China Journal 81 (January): 103–22. https://doi.org/10.1086/699215.

4/1 Week 6: Labor Migration and Enterprise

  • Lan, Pei-Chia. 2006. Chapter 4. Global Cinderellas: Migrant Domestics and Newly Rich Employers in Taiwan. Durham, N.C: Duke University Press.

Supplementary reading:

  • Bélanger, Danièle, and Hong-zen Wang. 2013. “Becoming a Migrant: Vietnamese Emigration to East Asia.” Pacific Affairs 86 (1): 31–50.
  • Kung, I-chun, and Hong-zen Wang. 2006. “Socially Constructed Ethnic Division of Labour: Labour Control in Taiwanese-Owned Firms in Malaysia and Vietnam.” International Sociology 21 (4): 580–601. https://doi.org/10.1177/0268580906065302.
  • Wang, Hong-zen. 2005. “Asian Transnational Corporations and Labor Rights: Vietnamese Trade Unions in Taiwan-Invested Companies.” Journal of Business Ethics 56 (1): 43–53.
  • Sun, Wanning. 2008. Maid in China : Media, Morality, and the Cultural Politics of Boundaries. New York: Routledge.

4/8 Week 7: Gender and Migration

  • Wang, Hong-zen, and Shu-ming Chang. 2002. “The Commodification of International Marriages: Cross-Border Marriage Business in Taiwan and Viet Nam.” International Migration 40 (6): 93–116.

Supplementary reading:

  • Friedman, Sara. Exceptional States: Chinese Immigrants and Taiwanese Sovereignty. Oakland, California: University of California Press, 2015.
  • Bélanger, Danièle, Hye-Kyung Lee, and Hong-Zen Wang. 2010. “Ethnic Diversity and Statistics in East Asia: ‘Foreign Brides’ Surveys in Taiwan and South Korea.” Ethnic and Racial Studies 33 (6): 1108–30.
  • Wang, Hong-zen, and Danièle Bélanger. 2008. “Taiwanizing Female Immigrant Spouses and Materializing Differential Citizenship.” Citizenship Studies 12 (1): 91–106.
  • Wang, Hong-zen. 2007. “Hidden Spaces of Resistance of the Subordinated: Case Studies from Vietnamese Female Migrant Partners in Taiwan.” International Migration Review 41 (3): 706–27.
  • Bélanger, Danièle, and Hong-zen Wang. 2012. “Transnationalism from below: Evidence from Vietnam-Taiwan Cross-Border Marriages.” Asian and Pacific Migration Journal 21 (3): 291–316.
  • Wu, Kun-Lu, and I.-Chun Kung. 2016. “South Helps South; A Bridge between Oceans: The Role of Southeast Asian Migrant Workers and Marriage Immigrants in the New Southbound Policy.” Prospect Journal, no. 16: 105–23.

4/15 Week 8: Fieldtrip and Interview

4/22 Week 9: Midterm week. No Class.

4/29 Week 10: US-Mexico migration history

  • Monroy, D. (1995). Brutal Appetites: The Social Relations of the California Missions. Working People of California, 29-71.

Supplementary reading:

  • Gonzales, M. G. (2019). Chapter two in Mexicanos: A history of Mexicans in the United States. Indiana University Press.

5/6 Week 11: Life as undocumented immigrants

  • Palerm, J. V. (2006). Immigrant and migrant farm workers in the Santa Maria Valley, California.

Supplementary reading:

  • Leon, Jason De, and Michael Wells. 2015. The Land of Open Graves: Living and Dying on the Migrant Trail. First edition. Oakland, California: University of California Press.
  • Zlolniski, Christian. 2006. Janitors, Street Vendors, and Activists: The Lives of Mexican Immigrants in Silicon Valley. Berkeley: University of California Press. http://site.ebrary.com/lib/ascc/Doc?id=10106456.

5/13 Week 12: Border, gender, and labor

  • Salzinger, L. (2000). Manufacturing Sexual Subjects: Harassment', Desire and Discipline on a Maquiladora Shopfloor. Ethnography, 1(1), 67-92.

Supplementary reading:

  • Zavella, Patricia. 2011. I’m Neither Here nor There: Mexicans’ Quotidian Struggles with Migration and Poverty. Durham, NC: Duke University Press.
  • Lan, Pei-Chia. 2006. Chapter six in Global Cinderellas: Migrant Domestics and Newly Rich Employers in Taiwan. Durham, N.C: Duke University Press.
  • Pun, Ngai. 2005. Made in China: Women Factory Workers in a Global Workplace. Durham: Duke University Press.

5/20 Week 13: Motherhood

  • Constable, Nicole. 2014. Born out of Place: Migrant Mothers and the Politics of International Labor. Berkeley: University of California Press.

Supplementary reading:

  • Parreñas, Rhacel Salazar. 2001. “Mothering from a Distance: Emotions, Gender, and Intergenerational Relations in Filipino Transnational Families.” Feminist Studies 27 (2): 361–90. https://doi.org/10.2307/3178765.

5/27 Week 14: Second Generation

  • Ling, Minhua. 2019. The Inconvenient Generation: Migrant Youth Coming of Ageon Shanghai’s Edge. Stanford, California: Stanford University Press.

Supplementary reading:

  • Ling, Minhua. 2017. “Returning to No Home: Educational Remigration and Displacement in Rural China.” Anthropological Quarterly 90 (3): 715–42. https://doi.org/10.1353/anq.2017.0041.
  • Murphy, Rachel. 2020. The Children of China’s Great Migration. Cambridge, United Kingdom ; New York, NY: Cambridge University Press.

6/3 Week 15: Migrant Placemaking

  • Simsek-Caglar, Ayse, and Nina Glick Schiller. Migrants and City-Making: Dispossession, Displacement and Urban Regeneration. Durham ; London: Duke University Press, 2018.

6/10 Week 16: Return Migration

  • Pido, Eric J. 2017. Migrant Returns: Manila, Development, and Transnational Connectivity. Durham: Duke University Press.

6/17 Week 17: Public exhibition

6/24 Week 18: Wrap Up


  1. 講述(50%)
  2. 討論(25%)
  3. 小組活動(25%)


1. Sketchbooks and course participation             20 pts.

Based on your reading of the assigned texts and your research, filling out the sketchbooks along the semester and submit a final report on May 27.

2. Fieldtrip, Activity design, and Interview             30 pts.

3. Midterm project proposal                                  10 pts.

4. Final Project: Migration Exhibition                      40pts.