On November 23 I presented a work in progress on diaspora engagement at a conference at UCLA. The bilingual (English and Spanish) “Colef at UCLA” conference brought together scholars from UCLA and El Colegio de la Frontera Norte (Colef) for two days of productive cross-national and cross-disciplinary conversations on international migration.
My presentation, based on fieldwork from the last two years, was on Taiwan and Mainland China’s diaspora engagement policies and Chinese American organizations’ agency in contesting and leveraging these efforts. My presentation was the only presentation that did not use Mexico or Mexican migrants as an empirical case. However, in consideration of the audience, I framed my question and conclusions in theoretical terms and used Mexican examples when possible.
The conference was a fantastic opportunity to get feedback on my work, practice speaking Spanish, and hear different perspectives on migration. I look forward to bringing this paper to fruition and to more cross-border research engagement.