Negotiating motherhood using ICTs in Taiwan-United States transnational household
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Family communication and communication technologies have been neglected for a long time in immigrant studies. Information and communication technologies are seen as the reason and catalyst for transnational migration, and a taken-for-granted tool for maintaining social ties. Research of how these technologies are used in everyday contexts was rather few. This study aims to investigate how family members with different technological literacy and available resources across the national borders negotiate their adoption and use of communication technology. A basic assumption is that technology use is a highly contextualized activity built into existing family structures and social practices. I will look at what is happening in the domestic (Taiwanese) context in order to determine how family members incorporate technologies into their understanding and negotiate unique transnational communication patterns. Specifically, the author argues that the stories of transnational communication are women's stories of efforts to maintain connections among family members separated by large geographic distances, and thus negotiate a new meaning of domesticity and motherhood by their everyday practices with ICTs.