Lecture by Richard Hsu (徐榮崇), University of Taipei
Monday, November 6, 2023
5:00 PM - 6:00 PM (Pacific Time)
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Richard Hsu's research primarily uses the concept of transnationalism to explore how young 1.5-generation Taiwanese immigrants have adapted to life in Australia, and the impact of this experience on their decisions to return to Taiwan. In-depth interviews were conducted with 22 young Taiwanese immigrants living in Brisbane, Sydney, and Melbourne, and the interview results were sorted into categories, including "adaptation to Australia", "the return process", and "experience after returning to Taiwan". A matrix was constructed to cross-analyze the influencing factors and a relational tree diagram was used to analyze the relationship between those influencing factors. Hsu found that the factors that influence the movement of young immigrants include: social environment, family, and individual factors at varying levels. The intersections between these factors makes the decision-making process a dynamic one that not only involves thinking on a transnational level but also considering the effect of social networks. Hsu's research uncovers new understandings of how Taiwanese 1.5-generation immigrants make decisions on whether or not to return and challenges traditional views on the definition of voluntary return migration.
Richard Hsu (徐榮崇) is Professor and Director of the Department of History and Geography at University of Taipei. He previously served as Chairman of the Society of Overseas Chinese Studies, R.O.C. Professor Hsu's research mainly specializes in the motivations of Taiwanese immigrants to Australia, the United States, Canada, and Brazil and the shaping of Chineseness. In recent years, he has paid special attention to related issues such as the relationship between the structure of knowledge and the process of cognition and the shaping of Chineseness, with the goal of enhancing current understandings of Taiwanese communities overseas.
This lecture is presented as part of the UCLA Taiwan in the World Lecture Series and UCLA International Education Week. Please note that the lecture will be delivered in Chinese.
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Sponsor(s): Asia Pacific Center