Chien, Yi-Chun


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Political Theory


Comparative Politics


Ito Peng
Joseph Wong

Chien, Yi-Chun


Rights to Settle: Comparing Migrant Care Worker Policies in Taiwan and South Korea


Yi-Chun Chien is a Ph.D. Candidate in the Department of Political Science and a Doctoral Associate in the Centre of Social Policy at the University of Toronto. Yi-Chun’s research investigates the relationship of the welfare state, care work and international migration in the context of East Asia. Her broader research interests include gender politics, identity politics, and the philosophy of emotions. Yi-Chun’s research has been acknowledged by the China Times Cultural Foundation Young Scholar Award (2017), Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation Dissertation Fellowship (2016), and Korea Foundation Fellowship for Field Research (2015).



“Not all in the same family: Diverging approaches to family policy in East Asia”(with Ito Peng) in Handbook of Child and Family Policy, edited by Guðný Björk Eydal and Tine Rostgaard, Edward Elgar Publishing (2018 forthcoming)

“The Struggle for Recognition: The Politics of Live-in Caregiver Program in Taiwan” Critical Sociology, Vol 44, Issue 7/8, 2018

“The Making of ‘Skilled’ Overseas Koreans: Transformation of Visa Policies for Co-Ethnic Migrants in South Korea” (with Sohoon Lee) Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Vol. 43, Issue 13. 2017 pp. 2193- 2210.

Emotions, Community, Citizenship: Cross-Disciplinary Perspectives, co-edited with Rebecca Kingston, Kiran Banerjee, James McKee and Constantine Christos Vassiliou, Toronto, University of Toronto Press. (2017 April)

Research Interests

Migration and Citizenship; Welfare State; Social Care Policy; Migrant Care Worker; East Asia.

Previous Degrees

MA in Political Science, University of Toronto;
MA and BA in Political Science, National Taiwan University

Teaching Experience

Guest Lectures:
POL 215Y “Democratization in Taiwan” at University of Toronto
POL 373Y “Compassion and Empathy” at University of Toronto

Teaching Assistant, Department of Political Science, University of Toronto,
POL101Y (Democracy, Dictatorship, War and Peace);
POL215Y (Politics and Transformation of Asia-Pacific);
POL 373Y (The Emotions and Political Theory).
JMC301Y (State and Society in 20th Century China);
JPA331Y (Issues in Contemporary Chinese Politics).