Professor of Sociology Pei-Chia Lan at National University of Taiwan visited the University of Washington Taiwan Studies Program on March 7, 2019 to give a talk about her new book Raising Global Families: Parenting, Immigration, and Class in Taiwan and the US. Met with an enthusiastic audience, Professor Lan focused her lecture on the distinct strategies of global parenting among Taiwanese families across the socioeconomic spectrum and beyond national borders. She argues that Taiwanese families in Taiwan and the US adopt parenting strategies as a response to anxieties over social and economic mobility.
Her fascinating study yielded many responses from the room. One audience member asked Lan, “What advice should I give my daughter, who is Taiwanese and wants her child to go to the best US colleges?” Lan pointed out how these concerns were universal and are at the heart of what it means to be a parent. Her work gives us a greater understanding of the human condition and puts into perspective the hurdles, as well as the determination, of Taiwanese parenting. Overall, Professor Lan’s insights engaged the audience by introducing a facet of Taiwanese and American social life that is so crucial to understand given today’s increasingly complex multicultural world.