Exceptional States: Chinese Immigrants and Taiwanese Sovereignty

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Univ of California Press, Sep 15, 2015 - Social Science - 264 pages
Exceptional States examines new configurations of marriage, immigration, and sovereignty emerging in an increasingly mobile Asia where Cold War legacies continue to shape contemporary political struggles over sovereignty and citizenship. Focused on marital immigration from China to Taiwan, the book documents the struggles of these women and men as they seek acceptance and recognition in their new home. Through tracing parallels between the predicaments of Chinese marital immigrants and the uncertain future of the Taiwan nation-state, the book shows how intimate attachments and emotional investments infuse the governmental practices of Taiwanese bureaucrats charged with regulating immigration and producing citizenship and sovereignty. Its attention to a group of immigrants whose exceptional status has become necessary to TaiwanÕs national integrity exposes the social, political, and subjective consequences of life on the margins of citizenship and sovereignty.
 

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Contents

Documenting Sovereignty
27
Risky Encounters
112
Gender Talk
143
Home and Belonging
170
Epilogue
193
References
219
Index
231
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Sara L. Friedman is Associate Professor of Anthropology and Gender Studies at Indiana University. She is the coeditor of Wives, Husbands, and Lovers: Marriage and Sexuality in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Urban China and the author of Intimate Politics: Marriage, the Market, and State Power in Southeastern China.

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