Asian Transnational Families

Concurrent Sessions 9

Minjeong Kim, Kristy Y. Shih, Hung Cam Thai, Pei-Chia Lan

Discussant/Chair: Kristy Y. Shih

1:30 PM
2:45 PM
Royal Palm 2
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  • Research
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  • Ethnic Minorities

About the Session

  • 333-01 - Divergent Paths Among Middle-Class Korean Immigrant Wives in the U.S.-Mexico Border Region
    By Minjeong Kim
  • 333-02 - Challenges and Struggles of Growing Up Alone in the U.S./Canada: Experiences of Former “Parachute Kids” From Taiwan
    By Kristy Y. Shih
  • 333-03 - Living It Up by Turning to the Homeland Among Low-Wage Vietnamese Immigrants
    By Hung Cam Thai
  • 333-04 - Raising Transnational Children: Reversed Cultural Mobility of Taiwanese Immigrant Families
    By Pei-Chia Lan


Transnational families are those families whose members are separated physically between two or more nation-states but maintain close ties and relationships (Schmalzbauer 2004). Transnational family arrangements are diverse and take a multitude of forms. In the proposed symposium session, we explore 4 different forms of transnational families from different Asian countries: Korean immigrant women living in the U.S.-Mexico border region (whose husbands are transnational transferees or “expatriate managers” of Korean multinational corporations based in the U.S.), adult former “parachute kids” from Taiwan, low-wage Vietnamese transnational immigrants who returned to their homeland, and Taiwanese immigrant parents raising transnational children in the Boston area .


To analyze, qualitatively and sociologically, the family dynamics of individuals in transnational families.To critically analyze transnational family arrangements and experiences.To examine and understand the lived experiences of transnational migrants and their families in the U.S. and their homeland.

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