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Author Friedman, Sara, author

Title Exceptional states : Chinese immigrants and Taiwanese sovereignty / Sara L. Friedman
Edition First edition
Published Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2015]
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Description 1 online resource : illustrations, map
Contents Documenting sovereignty -- Real or sham? : evaluating marital authenticity -- Exceptional legal subjects -- Risky encounters -- Gender talk -- Home and belonging
Summary "Between 10% and 20% of marriages in Taiwan involve the union of a Taiwanese national with a Chinese immigrant, with as many as 13,000 cross-Strait couples registering new unions each year. Exceptional States examines new configurations of marriage, immigration, and governance emerging in an increasingly mobile Asia where Cold War legacies continue to shape contemporary political struggles over sovereignty and citizenship. This book poignantly and respectfully documents the struggle of these immigrant Chinese women as they seek belonging, acceptance, and recognition in their new land. The women's experiences parallel Taiwan's own desire to receive recognition from the international community as a sovereign nation-state. By tracing these political parallels, the book shows how Chinese marital immigrants are affected by Taiwan's own uncertain political status in relation to China in ways that marital immigrants from other Asian countries are not. Exceptional States illustrates the social, political and subjective consequences of immigrants who are living with this exceptional status. The book concludes with a discussion of how Chinese spouses' efforts to create a sense of belonging for themselves across the fluid waters of the Taiwan Strait offer possible insights into solving Taiwan's current sovereignty challenges"--Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Notes Print version record
Subject Chinese -- Taiwan -- Social conditions.
Citizenship -- Taiwan.
Foreign spouses -- Taiwan -- Social conditions.
Intercountry marriage -- Political aspects -- Taiwan.
Self-determination, National -- Taiwan.
Women immigrants -- Taiwan -- Social conditions.
China -- Foreign relations -- Taiwan.
Taiwan -- Foreign relations -- China.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 0520961560 (electronic bk.)
9780520961562 (electronic bk.)