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Raising Global Families: Parenting, Immigration, and Class in Taiwan and the US

Raising Global Families: Parenting, Immigration, and Class in Taiwan and the US

Book Talk by Pei-Chia Lan, National Taiwan University

Friday, November 2, 2018
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Bunche Hall 10383

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Public discourse on Asian parenting tends to fixate on ethnic culture as a static value set, disguising the fluidity and diversity of Chinese parenting. Such stereotypes also fail to account for the challenges of raising children in a rapidly modernizing world, full of globalizing values. In Raising Global Families (Stanford University Press, July 2018) Pei-Chia Lan examines how ethnic Chinese parents in Taiwan and the United States negotiate cultural differences and class inequality to raise children in the contexts of globalization and immigration. She draws on a uniquely comparative, multisited research model with four groups of parents: middle-class and working-class parents in Taiwan, and middle-class and working-class Chinese immigrants in the Boston area. Despite sharing a similar ethnic cultural background, these parents develop class-specific, context-sensitive strategies for arranging their children's education, care, and discipline, and for coping with uncertainties provoked by their changing surroundings. Lan's cross-Pacific comparison demonstrates that class inequality permeates the fabric of family life, even as it takes shape in different ways across national contexts.

Pei-Chia Lan is Distinguished Professor of Sociology, Associate Dean of College of Social Sciences, and Director of Global Asia Research Center at National Taiwan University. She was a Harvard Yenching-Radcliffe fellow, Fulbright scholar at New York University, and postdoctoral fellow at UC Berkeley. Her major publications include Global Cinderellas: Migrant Domestics and Newly Rich Employers in Taiwan (Duke 2006, ASA Sex and Gender Book Award) and Raising Global Families: Parenting, Immigration, and Class in Taiwan and the US (Stanford 2018).

The UCLA Taiwan Studies Lectureship is a joint program of the UCLA Asia Pacific Center and the Dean of Humanities and is made possible with funding from the Department of International and Cross-Strait Education, Ministry of Education, Taiwan, represented by the Education Division, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Los Angeles.

Aaron Miller
(310) 825-0007

Sponsor(s): Center for Study of International Migration, Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Los Angeles