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date: 19 January 2020

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In this chapter, Taiwanese reporters CHANG Cheng and LIAO Yun-chang consider the status of writings by Southeast Asian migrant workers and marriage migrants residing in Taiwan—including writings appearing in multilingual newspaper and book series that solicit and print personal essays written by Southeast Asian migrants in Taiwan, as well as works submitted for literature prizes that specifically target writings by migrants in Taiwan. This chapters argues that these texts—despite being written mostly by nonprofessional authors who are not Taiwan citizens and furthermore are often not writing in Chinese—should be included within the category of “Taiwan literature”; essays by migrant authors permit these lower-class foreign workers to recount their feelings and experiences and share them with Taiwan’s other residents.

Keywords: Taiwan, Southeast Asian migrants, migrant literature, nonprofessional authors

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