A Discourse Analysis of Taiwanese Theses and Dissertations on Southeast Asian Marriage-Based Immigrants
In the 1990s, an increasing labor shortage led to a surge in the number of Southeast Asian laborers in Taiwan. At the same time, a low marriage rate, caused by gender imbalances in the population, brought about a rapid increase in the number of female marriage-based immigrants. Compared to laborers, who simply provide labor services, marriage-based immigrants possess more diverse and significant links with Taiwanese society, thereby attracting substantial social scrutiny. In this study, 702 master’s degree theses and doctoral dissertations on topics related to Southeast Asian marriage-based immigrants in Taiwan were examined. Discourse analysis was conducted to explore the process of discourse development in master’s and doctoral studies related to Southeast Asian marriage-based immigrants. The research results were as follows:
1.Relevant theses and dissertations have been developed in numerous departments and graduate institutes, indicating an emphasis on and full-scale problematization of marriage-based immigrants in Taiwanese society.
2.The thesis and dissertation topics were not fully related to the attributes of academic disciplines, and the issues discussed were highly repetitive and showed academic herding behaviors.
3.Four categories of discourse regarding Southeast Asian marriage based immigrants have been formulated, specifically, social, educational, medical, and critical discourses.
4.The individual level has been excessively emphasized, whereas explorations regarding policy and institutions are insufficient.
5.The theses and dissertations investigated primarily proposed negative hypotheses for verification, but consistent conclusions were not derived.
|關鍵詞||南洋籍婚姻移民、論述分析、知識建構、knowledge construction、Southeast Asian marriage-based immigrants、discourse analysis|