What comes to mind when you hear the terms “new immigrants” (xīn yímín) and “the (new) second generation” (xīn’èrdài)? How do these same terms differ in meanings and connotations in Taiwan now compared to 20 years ago? What do these terms signify in contemporary South Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Japan, where intermarriages and transnational families are becoming increasingly common? Within seemingly similar yet different East Asian societies, what shared or distinct life experiences do these communities referred to by these terms have, and how do they perceive and define themselves?
To explore the experiences of transnational families in the Asia-Pacific region and understand how the second generation raised in these families negotiate and shape their personal identities in mainstream society, GARC organizes and hosts the conference “Transnational Families and the Second Generation in Asia,” held on July 19th and 20th. In this hybrid conference, distinguished scholars from Japan, South Korea, the Philippines, the United States, Hong Kong, and Taiwan have been invited to share their research and observations on the lived experiences of parents and children in transnational marriages and families in East Asia. If you are interested, please register for this event at
You can see the program at