For a long time, areas in Mainland China populated heavily by Taiwan businessmen have been devoted enthusiastically to the establishment of Taiwan businessmen’s children schools, but, limited by the particular political circumstance in Taiwan Strait, this devotion has still been far from fulfillment. With the efforts made by Dongguan Taiwan Businessmen Association, nevertheless, Taiwan Businessmen’s Dongguan School, located in Guangdong, has become the first school issuing diplomas recognized by governments at both sides of the strait. In the next year, different from the non-profit learning organization in Dongguan, Kunshan, a city adjacent to Shanghai, established the second Taiwan businessmen’s children school, HuaDong Taiwan Businessman’s School, by way of private donation. Furthermore, in 2007, the third Taiwan businessmen’s children school, Shanghai Taiwanese Children School , was also established in Shanghai in the form of private founding.
This study, applying the methodology of qualitative case study and based on the field study undertaken in Shanghai and Dongguan for a month through observations, interviews, document analyses and other forms of empirical material collections, is primarily dedicated to the exploration of the developments of these three Taiwan businessmen’s children schools in Mainland China.
In a word, based on the results of documental and empirical researches, certain conclusions are reached through this study:
1. The difference in the motivation of establishment results in the difference in scale.
2. The frequency of change in external factors impacts the stability of the recruitment of students.
3. The more complex the internal factors are, the more difficult the operation is.
4. The long-term stable development of school depends on the support from government.
According to the conclusions above, this study offers certain suggestions for associated governmental departments and further studies:
1. suggestions for associated governmental departments
1) To increase the subsidy for Taiwan businessmen’s children schools in Mainland China.
2) To assist Taiwan businessmen’s children schools in solving the problem of teacher qualification.
3) To take measures providing inducements for Taiwan businessmen’s children to return to Taiwan
for further education.
4) To expand the management of the return of Taiwan businessmen’s children to Taiwan for
research and study activities.
5) To construct Taiwan businessmen’s children schools as platforms for cross-strait cultural and
2. suggestions for further studies
1) To engage in comparative study directed at the teachers of the three Taiwan businessmen’s
children schools on their satisfaction level with the achievement of teaching.
2) To undertake study aimed at the dilemma of identity-recognition encountered by Taiwan
businessmen’s children in the form questionnaire.
3) To start comparative study on Taiwan businessmen’s children schools and overseas Taiwan