Chinese Studies

Junior-Professor Dr. Yu-chin TSENG 曾育勤

Junior Professor of Modern Taiwan Studies, Department of Chinese Studies

Academic Career

  • Since April 2018 Junior Professor, Department of Chinese Studies, University of Tübingen
  • Since April 2018 Co-director, European Research Center on Contemporary Taiwan (ERCCT), University of Tübingen
  • 2015-2017 Postdoctoral Research Fellow, European Research Center on Contemporary Taiwan (ERCCT), University of Tübingen
  • 2015 PhD in Sociology, University of Essex
  • 2013-2015 Part-time Teacher, Department of Sociology, University of Essex
  • 2013-2015 Part-time Teacher, Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities (CISH), University of Essex
  • 2013-2014 Researcher, Essex Business and Human Rights Project, University of Essex

Research Focus
Jun. Prof. Tseng’s research interests lie in the area of migration, global mobility, gender and intimacy, citizenship studies and Asian politics. Her postdoctoral research explored the intersection of international mobility of higher education and cross-cultural marriage, which has conditioned the increase of transnational couples in third countries whose migration trajectories are largely shaped by multiple sets of state policies. In her doctoral project, "Becoming Taiwanese: The Politics and Struggles of Marriage Immigrants from Mainland China to Taiwan," she looked at social, political and legal struggles of female marriage immigrants from China to Taiwan and their collective movements to claim social justice. Part of this thesis was turned into a book chapter published by Routledge in 2014. In addition, based on her doctoral research, she is currently working on migrants’ resistances and reformulation of what is considered 'good citizens' (e.g. a good wife or good mother), in Taiwan. A central theme in her previous work is the impact that broader social transformations and the exercise of state power over the private sphere have on immigrants, especially in relation to gender, intimate life, and immigrants’ rights.
Her current research focuses on two topics. The first is Chinese entrepreneurs in southern Europe in the context of the ongoing economic crisis. The second is the dynamics between urban governmentality and urban displacement of contracted workers in Taiwan.

Major Publications
Jun. Prof. Tseng has published with Routledge (2014) on the rights claims of Chinese marriage immigrants in Taiwan, as well as in the Asia and Pacific Migration Journal (2017). In her article, „Should I stay or should I go? Migration trajectories of Chinese-Taiwanese couples in third countries,“ she explores the migration choices of Chinese-Taiwanese couples who have met in a third country as students and formed transnational and cross-cultural families.

Other Activities
Jun. Prof. Tseng serves as the co-director of the European Research Center on Contemporary Taiwan (ERCCT) at the University of Tübingen, working to promote and advance Taiwan Studies in Europe. She is guest-editing a special issue for Translocal Chinese: East Asian Perspectives (forthcoming in early 2019), and also works closely with the Centre for Migration Studies in Essex. She contributes to online media platforms on topics related to her areas of expertise.