Taiwanese working holiday makers in rural and regional Australia: temporary transnational identities and employment challenges

Wang, Ju-Han Zoe, and Connell, John (2021) Taiwanese working holiday makers in rural and regional Australia: temporary transnational identities and employment challenges. Australian Geographer, 52 (2). pp. 191-207.

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Working Holiday Makers (WHMs) from overseas have been a valuable source of employment in rural and regional Australia. This is one significant part of a growing resort to temporary migration to meet employment problems especially in regional areas. Little is known about the experience and contribution of Asian WHMs despite the presence of significant numbers, especially from Taiwan. Most Taiwanese WHMs are young educated women who have moved in search of cultural experiences and reasonable incomes. Analysis of media reports in Australia and Taiwan reveals an entirely negative perception of such migrants and their everyday circumstances that denies diversity, agency and contribution to regional economies. Taiwanese media are more likely to focus on exploitation. Being a WHM provides a distinctive transnational experience balancing travel as a cultural experience with a marginal employment experiences. New research is required to redress this limited context and evaluate the actual significance of these substantial temporary migrant flows.

Item ID: 67983
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 0004-9182
Keywords: Working holiday makers; Australia; regions; employment; identity; media; transnationalism
Copyright Information: © 2021 Geographical Society of New South Wales Inc.
Funders: Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange (CCKF)
Projects and Grants: RG017-P-18
Date Deposited: 12 May 2021 01:08
FoR Codes: 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4404 Development studies > 440403 Labour, migration and development @ 100%
SEO Codes: 28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280123 Expanding knowledge in human society @ 80%
11 COMMERCIAL SERVICES AND TOURISM > 1104 Tourism services > 110402 Socio-cultural issues in tourism @ 10%
13 CULTURE AND SOCIETY > 1302 Communication > 130204 The media @ 10%
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