The thoughts of female foreign spouses in Taiwan towards their mother language and culture

[Speaker] Huang, Wan Chien:1
1:Doshisha University (Japan)

Nowadays one in 7 married couples in Taiwan has entered into an international marriage, of which female foreign spouses account for about 90 percent. The majority of them are from the Mainland China and South-East Asian countries. According to some of Huang's investigations (2012, 2013, 2014), most of the foreign spouses neither teach children their native language nor inherit their culture. The main purpose of this study is to explore the relationship between how they value / treat their mother language and culture and the frequency they use their own language while in Taiwan.
There were 60 female foreign spouses responded to the questionnaire during March, 2013 to March 2015. Three factors were concluded as important factors: (1) attitude toward the host language, (2) attitude toward the home language, and (3) value of language abilities.
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