Course Information
Course title
International Migration 
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Tuesday 7,8,9(14:20~17:20) 
Restriction: juniors and beyond
The upper limit of the number of students: 50.
The upper limit of the number of non-majors: 20. 
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Course Description

Globalization has increased not only the flows of capital and commodities but also the movement of labor, culture and social relations. This course starts with questions regarding migration process and infrastructure: Why do people migrate across international borders? How do receiving and sending states promote and control migration inflows and outflows? How do brokers and other intermediaries enable and constrain people’s movements? How does gender shape the motivation and trajectory of migration? The second part of the course delves into mobility patterns and identify politics in different migration pathways, including business, skilled, labor, marriage, sexual, and lifestyle migration. The final part of the course examines the broader issues of membership, belonging and citizenship: What are the consequences of migration with the growth of transnational links? How do migrants maintain long-distance intimacy with their families back home? How are immigrants and their children integrated (or not) into their adoptive countries? What kinds of issues and challenges do we face regarding immigrant incorporation and multicultural recognition? 

Course Objective
This is an advanced undergraduate- and graduate-level course. It will introduce the key concepts, research findings, and policy debates in the field of international migration. Students will develop a set of knowledge and skills critical to understanding the global world and the local society. Students will also learn to evaluate evidence and analysis, reflect on values and beliefs, and engage with different viewpoints and perspectives.

The course will be conducted virtually via Webex. Please download the software before the class. The link for the first class is below. Please be noted that we may change the link after Week2.


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Students are required to attend all the classes and should turn on the screen when speaking in class. To facilitate online learning, students must take a quiz (5 multiple-choice questions) after class each week.

Students are expected to complete the required reading before classes so you could engage in discussion and better understand the lectures. Students are also expected to participate actively and meaningfully in the course, including speaking during discussions and listening to other people with respect and open-mindedness.

*All students must fill out a google survey to provide information and sign up for country briefing after the first class (undergraduate students are encouraged to pair in a group). Those who did not fill out the survey cannot take the class even if he or she has enrolled in the NTU system.

**For those who are interested in taking this course but did not successfully register, please do not write to me individually. Simply attend the first class. I will try to accommodate students’ need in adding class.

***For visiting students abroad, personal interactions remain essential in this course. Students are thus required to participate in the virtual classroom synchronously.

Students are expected to attend all classes and complete the required reading before classes so you could engage in discussion and better understand the lectures. Students are also expected to participate actively and meaningfully in the course, including speaking during small and large group discussions and listening to other people’s perspectives with respect and open-mindedness. The use of cell phones is prohibited during class.  
Course Requirement
Students should complete the individual and group assignments on time and submit them to NTU COOL. You must check your English spelling and grammar by using applications such as Grammarly. Plagiarism in this class is unacceptable. Accidental or willful use of someone else’s words, ideas, or data without proper citation will be penalized by failing the grade and reported to the administration.

For undergraduates:
1. Class participation, including weekly quiz and country briefing 25%
Country briefing: we will assign you one sending or receiving country. For 5 weeks, you must share one piece of news or information about this country concerning the topic of the week and upload it to NTU COOL. You should also prepare to answer the questions (submission of writing is not required) and we will discuss in class.
2. Take-home midterm exam (answered in English or Chinese) 50%
3. Group (3-4 person) essay (topic see below, English PPT presentation in class max 15min, written in English 1500-2000 words) 25%

For graduate students
1. Class participation, including weekly quiz and country briefing 25%
2. Weekly memos (written in English 800-1000 words) 50%
Please briefly summarize the reading, provide your assessment and questions, and identify potential directions of research.
3. Final Essay (topic see below, written in English 1500-2000 words) 25%
Student Workload (expected study time outside of class per week)
Office Hours
Appointment required. 
Designated reading
Topics and Readings (those marked* are required for graduates and recommended for undergraduates)

Week 2 10/5 Why do People Move across Borders?
Massey, Douglas et al. 1993. “Theories of International Migration: A Review and Appraisal.” Population and Development Review 19(3): 431-466.
*Carling, Jorgen. 2002. "Migration in the Age of Involuntary Immobility:
Theoretical Reflections and Cape Verdean Experiences." Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 28(1): 5-42.
[Country Briefing 1: find some basic statistics of out-migration or immigration in your country: where are they from/going? demographic distribution (education, gender, etc)?]

Week 3 10/12 Immigration Policies
Rodriguez, Robyn M. 2002. "Migrant Heroes: Nationalism, Citizenship and the
Politics of Filipino Migrant Labor." Citizenship Studies 6(3): 341-356.
*Chung, Erin Aeran. 2020. Immigrant Incorporation in East Asian Democracies.
Cambridge University Press, Ch. 3.
Oishi, Nana. 2005. Women in Motion: Globalization, State Policies, and Labor
Migration in Asia. Stanford University Press.
[Watching Documentary 1: “Border Business: Inside Immigration” (38min) by CBS News]

Week 4 10/19 Migration Infrastructure
Xiang, Biao, and Johan Lindquist. 2014. "Migration Infrastructure." International
Migration Review 48(1): 122-148.
*Chang, Andy Scott. 2021. “Selling a Resume and Buying a Job: Stratification of Gender and Occupation by States and Brokers in International Migration from Indonesia.” Social Problems, online first.
Guevarra, Anna Romina. 2009. Marketing Dreams, Manufacturing Heroes. Rutgers
University Press.
Online guest speaker: Fiona Moore (professor of Business Anthropology, Royal Holloway University of London), “Taiwanese Identity as Global Identity: The Networks of Skilled Labor Migrants in the UK and Canada.”

Week 5 10/26 Gender and Migration
Hondagneu-Sotelo, Pierrette. 2003. “Gender and Immigration: A Retrospective and
Introduction.” Gender and US Immigration: Contemporary Trends. University of
California Press.
*Dreby, Joanna. 2006. "Honor and Virtue: Mexican Parenting in the Transnational
Context." Gender & Society 20(1): 32-59.
George, Sheba. 2000. “Dirty Nurses’ and ‘Men Who Play’: Gender and Class in Transnational Migration.” Pp. 144-174 in Global Ethnography, edited by Michael Burawoy. Berkeley: University of California Press.
[Country Briefing 2: Imagine you are a commercial broker, when a male and female foreigner approaches you for seeking emigration to your country (if major receiving one) or leaving your country (if major sending one), what are the possible venues you would advise? Why?]

II. Multiple Streams of Migration

Week 6 11/2 Global Care Chain
Parreñas, Rhacel Salazar. 2000. "Migrant Filipina Domestic Workers and the
International Division of Reproductive Labor." Gender & Society 14(4): 560-580.
*Paul, Anju Mary. 2011. "Stepwise International Migration: A Multistage Migration
Pattern for the Aspiring migrant." American Journal of Sociology 116 (6): 1842-
Pei-Chia Lan. 2016. “Deferential Surrogates and Professional Others: Recruitment
and Training of Migrant Care Workers in Taiwan and Japan.” Positions: Asia Critique 24(1): 253-279.
[Watch Documentary 2 “Yaya: Sacrifice of Domestic Workers” (31min) by Justin Cheung]

Week 7 11/9 Business and Skilled Migration
Lan, Pei-Chia. 2011. "White Privilege, Language Capital and Cultural Ghettoisation:
Western High-Skilled Migrants in Taiwan." Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 37(10): 1669-1693.
*Tseng, Yen-Fen. 2021. "Becoming Global Talent? Taiwanese White-collar Migrants
in Japan." Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 47(10): 2288-2304.
Liu-Farrer, G., B. S. Yeoh, and M. Baas. 2021. “Social Construction of Skill: An Analytical Approach Toward the Question of Skill in Cross-border Labour Mobilities.” Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies 47 (10): 2237–2251.
[Country Briefing 3: What are the investment migration policies in your country like? What does the local society respond to them?]

Week 8 11/16 Cross-Border Marriage
Constable, Nicole. 2005. “Introduction: Cross-Border Marriages, Gendered Mobilities and Global Hypergamy.” In Crossing-Border Marriages: Gender and Mobility in Transnational Asia. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania.
*Kim, Minjeon. 2013. “Citizenship Project for Marriage Migrants in South Korea:
Intersecting Motherhood with Ethnicity and Class.” Social Politics 20(4): 455-
Thai, Hung Cam. 2010. "Clashing Dreams in the Vietnamese Diaspora: Highly
Educated Overseas Brides and Low-wage US Husbands." In Cross-Border
Marriages, pp. 145-165. University of Pennsylvania Press.
[Watch Documentary 3: “Online Brides” (41 min) by Lisa Ling, Oprah Winfrey Network]

Week 9 11/23 Sexual and Lifestyle Migration
Carrillo, Héctor. 2004. "Sexual Migration, Cross-cultural Sexual Encounters, and
Sexual Health." Sexuality Research & Social Policy 1(3): 58-70.
*Benson, Michaela, and Karen O'Reilly. 2009. "Migration and the Search for a Better
Way of Life: a Critical Exploration of Lifestyle Migration." The Sociological Review 57(4): 608-625.
Manalansan, Martin. 2006. “Queer Intersections: Sexuality and Gender in Migration
Studies.” International Migration Review 40 (1): 224-249.
Carrillo, Héctor. 2018. Pathways of Desire: The Sexual Migration of Mexican Gay
men. University of Chicago Press.
[Watch documentary 4: “Trans Migrants Seeking Asylum in America” (22min) by VICE Impact]

Week 10 11/30 Take-home midterm exam

III. Citizenship, Transnationalism, and Multiculturalism

Week 11 12/7 Citizenship
Joppke, Christian. 2017. "Citizenship in Immigration States." The Oxford
Handbook of Citizenship, pp. 385-406. Oxford University Press.
*Ong, Aihwa. 1995. "Making the Biopolitical Subject: Cambodian Immigrants,
Refugee Medicine and Cultural Citizenship in California." Social Science & Medicine 40(9): 1243-1257.
Joppke, Christian. 1999. "How Immigration is Changing Citizenship: A Comparative
View." Ethnic and Racial Studies 22(4): 629-652.
Friedman, Sara. 2010. "Marital Immigration and Graduated Citizenship: Post-
Naturalization Restrictions on Mainland Chinese Spouses in Taiwan." Pacific
Affairs 83(1): 73-93.
[Country Briefing 4: How can foreigners become naturalized in your country? What does this tell us about the citizenship regime there?]
[Term paper topics to be suggested after this class]

Week 12 12/14 Transnationalism
Levitt, Peggy, and Deepak Lamba-Nieves. 2011. “Social Remittances Revisited.”
Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, 37(1):1–22.
*Levitt, Peggy, and Nina Glick Schiller. 2004. "Conceptualizing Simultaneity: A
Transnational Social Field Perspective on Society." International Migration Review 38(3): 1002-1039.
Portes, Alejandro, Luis E. Guarnizo, and Patricia Landolt. 1999. "The Study of
Transnationalism: Pitfalls and Promise of an Emergent Research Field." Ethnic and Racial Studies 22(2): 217-237.
[Watch Documentary 5: “My New Home Part II: Teens Adapting to New Life in the UK” (46min) by Real Families]

Week 13 12/21 Second-Generation
Pyke, Karen, and Tran Dang. 2003. "“FOB” and “Whitewashed”: Identity and Internalized Racism among Second Generation Asian Americans." Qualitative Sociology 26(2): 147-172.
*Portes, Alejandro and Min Zhou. 1993. "The New Second Generation: Segmented Assimilation and Its Variants." Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 530:74-96.
Lee, Jennifer, and Min Zhou. 2015. The Asian American Achievement Paradox. Russell
Sage Foundation.
[Country Briefing 5: What are the major challenges the children of immigrants are facing in your country? Share a story or news.]

Week 14 12/28 Multiculturalism
Okin, Susan. 1999. “Is Multiculturalism Bad for Women?” In Is Multiculturalism
Bad for Women? edited by Joshua Cohen, Matthew Howard, Martha C. Nussbaum, pp. 8-24. New Jersey: Princeton University Press.
Scott, Joan W. 2005. "Symptomatic Politics–The Banning of Islamic Head Scarves in French Public Schools." French Politics, Culture & Society 23(3): 106-127.
Mepschen, Paul, Jan Willem Duyvendak, and Evelien H. Tonkens. 2010. "Sexual Politics, Orientalism and Multicultural Citizenship in the Netherlands." Sociology 44(5): 962-979.
Korteweg, Anna, and Gökçe Yurdakul. 2009. "Islam, Gender, and Immigrant
Integration: Boundary Drawing in Discourses on Honour Killing in the Netherlands and Germany." Ethnic and Racial Studies 32 (2): 218-238.

Week 15 1/4 Presentation (undergraduate groups & graduate individuals)
Please choose a dispute/event related to citizenship or multiculturalism (in Taiwan or elsewhere) or you can also choose two to compare. Based on relevant news reports and media feeds, please apply the concepts we learned in class to analyze 1) different opinions and issues involved in the debates, 2) what contexts shape these perspectives, 3) what you agree and disagree.

Graduate students will write individual essays on the same topic and also present in class.

Written essays uploaded to NTU COOL by 11pm on 2022/1/11.
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