“I Vote so I am”: Marriage Migrants’ Political Participation in Taiwan

Momesso, Lara orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-4042-9384 (2022) “I Vote so I am”: Marriage Migrants’ Political Participation in Taiwan. Journal of Current Chinese Affairs . p. 186810262210798. ISSN 1868-1026

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Migrant political participation is a central challenge to many Western democracies. This article, by building on the case of marriage migrants’ political participation in Taiwan, offers food for thought on East Asia, a region of the world that has been neglected in most academic debates on this theme. Applying “flat ontology” and drawing from a mixed methodology, involving content analysis of press releases published on political party websites and in-depth interviews with marriage migrants, this article offers a timely account of how migrant political integration and participation is a complex process. It depends not only on broader political opportunities, social, legal, cultural factors shaping political integration processes and individual political values, but also on the specificity of migrants’ identities and subjectivities, including gender, perception of security, a migrant's family background, their parental status, life stage, and their perception of self in society.

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