Motherhood journey through the eyes of immigrant women

Tzu I. Tsai*, I. Ju Chen, Song Lih Huang

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This paper explores mothering practices and experiences among Southeast Asian women residing in Taiwan. This qualitative study used a series of focus group sessions with photographic documentation to collect information. The transition to motherhood illustrates a dynamics process of gender and international relations and hierarchies. Maternal practices and challenges of these immigrant women were organized into five domains: "A mother is prized because of her son", "I am a mother, not a paid nanny", "Raising children, Taiwanese style", "Shared mothering", and "Immigrant mothering-More challenges, more promises". The experiences and adaptation of mothering are mediated by a family's socio-economic situation, the power dynamic within the family, and the support and acceptance received from the dominant society. These findings have important implications for healthcare services and immigration policies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)91-100
Number of pages10
JournalWomen's Studies International Forum
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2011


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