Jun.-Prof. Dr. Yu-chin TSENG 曾育勤

Junior-Professorin für Moderne Taiwan-Studien an der Abteilung für Sinologie, Universität Tübingen

Jun.-Prof. Dr. Yu-chin TSENG
Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen
CCKF-European Research Center on Contemporary Taiwan
Keplerstr. 2
72074 Tübingen

Raum 104
Tel. +49-(0)7071-29-75535



Academic Background

Junior Professor

Department of Chinese Studies, University of Tübingen
(Maternity leave April 2021-April 2022)


European Reserach Center on Contemporary Taiwan
University of Tübingen

Research Officer

Bright Futures: A Comparative Study of Internally and Internationally Mobile Chinese Higher Education Students
University of Essex


European Research Center on Contemporary Taiwan
University of Tübingen

PhD in Sociology

University of Essex
'Becoming Taiwanese: Citizenship Struggles and the Politics of Mainland Chinese Marriage Immigrants in Taiwan'
Supervisor: Prof. Yasemin Soysal

Teaching Fellow

Department of Sociology and Centre for Interdisciplinary Studies in the Humanities (CISH), University of Essex

Research Interests

  • Gender, Mobility and Intimacy
  • East Asian Societies
  • Student Migration, Health and Wellbeing
  • Chinese Overseas in Europe
  • Migrant Entrepreneurship
  • China’s Public Diplomacy


Tseng, Y. C. (2023) China’s Twitter Diplomacy in Germany: Practices, Reactions, and Discrepancies, Journal of Contemporary China, DOI: 10.1080/10670564.2023.2193148 (published online in March 2023) (Impact Factor: 3.126)

Tran, E., & Tseng, Y. C. (2022). To Trust or Not to Trust? COVID-19 Facemasks in China–Europe Relations: Lessons from France and the United Kingdom. Journal of Risk and Financial Management, 15(4), 187. (Impact Factor: 2.4)

Tseng, Y. C. (2021). “It’s not marriage!”: framing and mobilizing in the anti-same-sex marriage movement. In Taiwan during the first administration of Tsai Ing-wen: navigating in stormy waters, edited by Schubert and Lee. London: Routledge.

Tseng, Y. C. (2019). Introduction to Family, Gender and State: the Perspectives of East Asian Migrants. Translocal Chinese: East Asian Perspectives 13(1): 1-4.

Tseng, Y. C. (2019) Raising Global Families: Parenting, Immigration, and Class in Taiwan and the US by Pei-Chia Lan (book review). China Review International 24(2), 125-129. University of Hawai'i Press.

Tseng, Y. C. (2017). Should I stay or should I go? Migration trajectories of Chinese–Taiwanese couples in third countries. Asian and Pacific Migration Journal, 26(4), 413-435. (Impact Factor: 0.659)

Tseng, Y. C., Cheng, I & Fell, D (2014) The politics of the mainland spouses’ rights claims movements in Taiwan. In Migration to and from Taiwan, edited by Fell, D., Chiu, K. F. & Lin, P. London: Routledge.

Funding and Grants


Doing and Undoing Intimacy — Intimacy-Mobility-State Nexus in the Context of Democratic and Authoritarian States. A Case Study of China and Taiwan, funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research of Germany (BMBF) and the Baden-Württemberg Ministry of Science as part of the Excellence Strategy of the German Federal and State Governments, principle investigator


Health and wellbeing of international students in the higher education sector: the examples of Taiwan and Germany, funded by NTU International Collaboration Seed Funding (MOE HE Sprout: 111L2033-19), principle investigator

2022-2025 How China Speaks to the World in the COVID-19 Era- China’s Political Communication and Mobilisation in Europe, funded by Hong Kong General Research Fund (RGC Ref. N0. 12605521), co-investigator
2021-2022     China’s Twitter Diplomacy: Content and Impact, funded by Aarhus University, Denmark, co-investigator
2019 Teach at Tübingen Fund, funded by University of Tübingen

Essex Sociology Small Grants Award, funded by University of Essex

Public Talks and Conference Activities

2023 (His)Stories of Chinese diaspora & education migrants, Trier University, Germany
2023 Roundtable discussion on “Migration and Health”, College of Public Health, National Taiwan University, Taiwan

Trans-Asia Mobilities and Gender: migration to and from Taiwan, BK21China-Japan Education & Research Group, Korean University


Cross-border Marriages and transnational couples in Taiwan, Research Group of Migration in East Asia, University of Vienna, Austria
2019 Asian (Im)mobilities in an era of pandemic: the pandemic and nationalised (im)mobility in Taiwan, Department of Modern Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, University of Bologna, Italy
2019 Taiwan Studies in Europe, Graduate Institute of Taiwan Culture, National Taipei University of Education, Taiwan

Trans-mobility in Asia’, Faculty of Ethnology and Sociology, Workshop for Department of Sociology, Inner Mongolia University, China.


Should I stay or should I go? Migration trajectories of Chinese-Taiwanese couples in third countries, SOAS

2018 ‘Migration and Citizenship- Migrants in Globalized Taiwan’, the RMIT lecture series in International School of Technology and Management, Feng Chia University, Taiwan.


2022 ‘EU Mobility on sale: Chinese Investors and Immigrant Investment Programs in Greece and Portugal’, 30th Anniversary Conference of the International Society for the Study of Chinese Overseas, San Francisco.

‘Othering China: German Media Discourse During the Pandemic’, in JCC Special Issue Conference, organized by the Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver, and the Comparative Governance and Policy Research Centre at the Hong Kong Baptist University.


Transnational Economies, Digital Labour and Globalization: Exploring Chinese Entrepreneurs’ Mobilities and Connections, panel organizer in Biennial DGA Conference on Contemporary Asia.


‘To Trust or not to Trust? Face Masks in China-Europe Relations —A Comparison of Sino-French and Sino-British Relations’, in Racialisation and Social Boundary-Making in Times of COVID-19, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

2019 ‘“It’s not marriage!”: framing and mobilizing in the anti-same-sex marriage movement’, in Navigating in Stormy Waters: Taiwan during the first administration of Tsai, Ing-wen, University of Tübingen, Germany.
2019 ‘Another brick in the wall- student mobility and knowledge circulation between Taiwan and Southeast Asian countries’, in Annual Conference of Taiwanese Scoiological Association, Academia Sinica, Taiwan.

‘The Transnational Social Space of Chinese Entrepreneurs in Southern Europe in Times of Economic Crisis- the Case of Greece’ in the 11th International Convention of Asia Scholars, University of Leiden, the Netherlands.

2018 ‘Belt and Road and the Space between: the Transnational Social Space of Chinese      Entrepreneurship in Southern Europe in Times of Economic Crisis ’, Chinese in Europe: New Mobilities and Developments (3rd CERPE Workshop), Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona, Spain.
2018 ‘Moulding a Desired Wife: Marriage Migrants and the Framings of the Ideal Citizen in Taiwan’, The Invisible Within: Actors, Relationships and Activities in Chinese Migrant Families, University of Central Lancashire.


Professional Experience


Visiting Professor

Department of Sociology, Inner Mongolian University, China



Asia Pacific Viewpoint, Ethnicities, European Journal of East Asian Studies, Fritz Thyssen Stiftung, International Journal of Intercultural Relations, International Journal of Taiwan Studies, Journal of Current Chinese Affairs, Journal of Chinese Overseas, and Journal of Translocal Chinese: East Asian Perspectives


Associate Fellow

UK Higher Education Academy


Media Outreach

Dec 2019

Where do the major parties stand on immigration? Taiwan Insight. Available at:


Colum articles on the UDN News (in Mandarin)