chapter  8
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Two migration documentaries from Taiwan

WithCHIU KUEI-FEN AND TSAI YU-YUEH

Documentaries and migration studies in Taiwan Like South Korea, Taiwan has become a destination country for immigrants from many Asian countries in the past decades.2 In the case of Taiwan, immigration flows and the resulting demographic transformation began to gather momentum in the 1980s with Taiwan’s increasing economic investment in China and South East Asia.3 Just as Taiwanese emigrants went to Japan in the 1970s and early 1980s for economic reasons, many immigrants from China and Southeast Asian countries now come to Taiwan with the hope of escaping dire economic situations back home.4 As some chapters of this book show, the large migration flows have led to a significant demographic transformation in Taiwan and generated new social issues for study.