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Taiwan’s Fifth Ethnic Group: A Study of the Acculturation of Women who have Married into Families in Taiwan

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One of the under-studied effects of global migration has been an increase in transnational marriages. This phenomenon has greatly impacted Taiwan as women from Southeast Asian nations and mainland China, through professional marriage brokers or personal contacts, enter into marriages with Taiwanese men. How well these women adapt to Taiwan’s culture and learn its local languages is studied through the lens of two theories of intercultural communication, Kim’s theory of cross-cultural adaptation and Kramer’s theory of cultural fusion. Based upon in-depth interviews with twenty-seven women, results show greater support for Kramer’s theory. Learning is an additive process, long-term association with co-ethnics appears to correlate with greater satisfaction and adaptation, and women’s negotiated identities follow a range of outcomes. These demonstrate the explanatory power of cultural fusion in this context of intercultural communication.

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Taiwan, transnational marriage, acculturation, cultural fusion, cross-cultural adaptation, intercultural communication
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Sandel, Todd. "Taiwan’s Fifth Ethnic Group: A Study of the Acculturation of Women who have Married into Families in Taiwan" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the NCA 94th Annual Convention, TBA, San Diego, CA, Nov 20, 2008 <Not Available>. 2014-11-30 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p256097_index.html>

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Sandel, T. L. , 2008-11-20 "Taiwan’s Fifth Ethnic Group: A Study of the Acculturation of Women who have Married into Families in Taiwan" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the NCA 94th Annual Convention, TBA, San Diego, CA Online <PDF>. 2014-11-30 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p256097_index.html

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Abstract: One of the under-studied effects of global migration has been an increase in transnational marriages. This phenomenon has greatly impacted Taiwan as women from Southeast Asian nations and mainland China, through professional marriage brokers or personal contacts, enter into marriages with Taiwanese men. How well these women adapt to Taiwan’s culture and learn its local languages is studied through the lens of two theories of intercultural communication, Kim’s theory of cross-cultural adaptation and Kramer’s theory of cultural fusion. Based upon in-depth interviews with twenty-seven women, results show greater support for Kramer’s theory. Learning is an additive process, long-term association with co-ethnics appears to correlate with greater satisfaction and adaptation, and women’s negotiated identities follow a range of outcomes. These demonstrate the explanatory power of cultural fusion in this context of intercultural communication.


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