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Ethnicity, citizenship and reproduction: Taiwanese wives making citizenship claims in Malaysia
Heng Leng Chee1; Melody C.W. Lu2; Brenda S.A. Yeoh3
2014-11-17
Source PublicationCitizenship Studies
ISSN1362-1025
Volume18Issue:8Pages:823-838
Abstract

This paper focuses on the experience of one specific group of Taiwanese women married to Chinese Malaysian men to examine the contestational process of bidding for citizenship status in an ethnicized polity. Positioned within a trajectory of transnational linkages between origin and host countries, they achieve success through making use of networking links with co-ethnic Chinese Malaysian women who are well-positioned within government bureaucracy, while forwarding an argument based on familial ideology and the (reproductive) citizenship rights of their Malaysian husbands. As noncitizens, they nevertheless engage in socially contributive ‘acts of citizenship’ that signify their suitability as citizens, nonthreatening to social cohesion. Furthermore, they enhance their strategy by ethnic boundary-making efforts aimed at distancing themselves from People's Republic of China wives who constitute a stereotyped and stigmatized ‘other.’ The discussion makes a contribution to the literature on ethnicity, citizenship, and gender.

KeywordMarriage Migration Reproductive Citizenship Ethnic Boundary-making Acts Of Citizenship Intersectionality
DOIhttps://doi.org/10.1080/13621025.2014.964545
URLView the original
Indexed BySSCI
Language英语
WOS Research AreaGovernment & Law
WOS SubjectPolitical Science
WOS IDWOS:000345004500003
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Document TypeJournal article
CollectionDEPARTMENT OF SOCIOLOGY
Corresponding AuthorHeng Leng Chee
Affiliation1.Centre for Research on Women’s Development (KANITA), Universiti Sains Malaysia, Minden, Malaysia
2.Department of Sociology, University of Macau, Taipa, Macau SAR
3.Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore, Singapore
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Heng Leng Chee,Melody C.W. Lu,Brenda S.A. Yeoh. Ethnicity, citizenship and reproduction: Taiwanese wives making citizenship claims in Malaysia[J]. Citizenship Studies,2014,18(8):823-838.
APA Heng Leng Chee,Melody C.W. Lu,&Brenda S.A. Yeoh.(2014).Ethnicity, citizenship and reproduction: Taiwanese wives making citizenship claims in Malaysia.Citizenship Studies,18(8),823-838.
MLA Heng Leng Chee,et al."Ethnicity, citizenship and reproduction: Taiwanese wives making citizenship claims in Malaysia".Citizenship Studies 18.8(2014):823-838.
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