Dr. Lara Momesso


School of Language and Global Studies

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Subject Areas: Languages and International Studies

Dr Lara Momesso is a Lecturer in Asia Pacific Studies at the School of Language and Global Studies at UCLan. Her research interests include contemporary migrations across the Asia Pacific region with a particular focus on marriage migration between China and Taiwan, family formation in contemporary Chinese societies, gender in the Asia Pacific region. She also is a specialist on contemporary Chinese and Taiwanese societies. 

Full Profile

Dr Lara Momesso is a Lecturer in Asia Pacific Studies at the School of Language and Global Studies at UCLan. Prior to joining UCLan, Dr Momesso was Research Fellow at the Centre for European and International Studies Research at Portsmouth University with a project on marriage migration and family formation in the context of China-Taiwan relations. This project was funded by the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange.

Dr Momesso is a Research Associate at the Centre of Taiwan Studies at SOAS (the University of London, UK), an Associate Fellow at the European Research Centre of Contemporary Taiwan (University of Tuebingen, Germany) and is an elected executive board member of the European Association of Taiwan Studies (EATS).

Ph.D. Gender Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies, the University of London, 2014
MA International Communication Studies, National Chengchi University, Taipei, Taiwan, 2008
BA (Hons) Oriental Language and Civilisation, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Venice, Italy, 2003


Momesso, L. and Cheng, I. (2017). A team player pursuing its own dreams: rights-claim campaign of Chinese migrant spouses in the migrant movement before and after 2008. In: Dafydd, F. (ed.), Taiwan’s Social Movements under Ma Ying-jeou. From the Wild Strawberries to the Sunflowers. London: Routledge, pp. 219-235.

Cheng, I. and Momesso, L. (2017), Look, the World is Watching How We Treat Migrants! The Making of the Anti-Trafficking Legislation during the Ma Administration. Journal of Current Chinese Affairs, 1: 61-99.

Momesso, L. (2017), Marriage Migration and State Interests: Reflections from the Experiences of Marriage Migrants from the People’s Republic of China in Taiwan, Asiatische Studien, 70 (3): 903-920.


Membership of professional and learned bodies

  • Executive Board Member, European Association of Taiwan Studies (2014)
  • Member of the British Association of China Studies
  • Member of the North American Taiwan Studies Association

TEACHING activities and responsibilities

Module Leader: Cultural Transformation and Cross-cultural Encounters in the Asia-Pacific


'Nation, migration, identity: learning from the Cross-Strait context' (co-presented with

Chun-yi Lee, paper presented at the Conference on Rethinking Transnationalism in the

Global World: Contested State, Society, Border, and the People In-Between, University

of Portsmouth, 7-8 September 2017


'Marriages on the border: the case of mainland spouses in Kinmen island' paper

presented at the 10th International Convention of Asia Scholars, Chiang Mai, Thailand,

20-23 July 2017.


'An emotional and material account of borders: the case of mainland spouses in Kinmen

island' paper presented at the 5th Young Scholars Workshop at the CCKF-ERCCT,

University of Tuebingen, Tuebingen, Germany, 2-9 July 2017


'Researching cross-Strait social phenomena as a foreigner' (in Chinese), talk given at

the National Kinmen University, International and Cross-Strait Affairs Department, 16

November 2016.


'Staging and performing the Chinese State: one family across two shores', IMICS lunch

seminars, National Chengchi University, International Master Programme in

International Communication Studies, 3 November 2016.

'Declining power of Taishangs in China vis-a-vis increasing influence of mainland

spouses in Taiwan' (co-presented with Chun-yi Lee), paper presented at the North

American Taiwan Studies Association (NATSA) Annual Meeting, Toronto University,

Canada, 10-11 June 2016.


'One language, two systems: on conducting ethnographic research across the Taiwan

Strait', paper presented at the Workshop on Language Learning and Ethnographic

Fieldwork, University of Glasgow, Scotland, 11-12 April 2016.


'From enemies to allies: the new identity of cross-Strait marriage migrants', paper

presented at the European Association of Taiwan Studies Annual Meeting, Oriental

Institute, Czech Academy of Sciences, 31 March 2016.