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Unpublished Paper
Regulation and Citizenship for Foreign Spouses in Taiwan―From the Perspective of Cultural Legal Study
ExpressO (2007)
  • Shu-chin Grace Kuo

In this article, taking a “foreign spouse” as an issue that has made a great impact on the local marriage market, I will use the approach of Cultural Legal Study to explore how the state governs and regulates the marriage of immigrants through written law, in which I primarily focus on Immigration Law and Family Law, legal discourse and the rhetoric of legal reform regarding foreign spouses. In fact, there is one international marriage in every five newly married couples in recent years in Taiwan; most of the foreign spouses are female, and come from China, Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand and other Southeastern Asian countries. Employing an ethnographic perspective as the research strategy for these empirical resources, including government documents, e.g., statistical data, reports, and released information, doctrinal rules, administrative orders, articles in the press and comments in the media, my primary concern in this essay is to explore how marriage to immigrants/foreign spouses, as a socially constructed category, is being presented in the discourse of law; and vice versa, how the discourse of foreign spouses is “being translated into the language of law.”

  • Cultural legal Study,
  • Feminist Jurisprudence,
  • Anthropology of Law,
  • Taiwan,
  • Immigration Law,
  • Foreign Spouses,
  • Citizenship,
  • International Marriage,
  • Marriage Immigrant
Publication Date
September 25, 2007
Citation Information
Shu-chin Grace Kuo. "Regulation and Citizenship for Foreign Spouses in Taiwan―From the Perspective of Cultural Legal Study" ExpressO (2007)
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