Pin-Yao Chiu
PhD Student



  • PhD – Sociology (in progress), University of York
  • MA - Sociological Research (Merit), University of Essex

Dissertation: “The Australian Dream: the Public Image of Taiwanese Working Holiday Makers in Australia”

  • M.A - English Literature, National Chung Cheng University

Dissertation: “Capital, Habitus, and Field in Robert Louis Stevenson’s Kidnapped

  • BA - English, Soochow University (Taiwan)



Selected publications

Conference Papers:

  Chiu, Pin-Yao. (Nov. 2015). “The Australian Dream: the Public Image of Taiwanese Working Holiday Makers in Australia.” The Annual Conference of Taiwanese Sociological Association, Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

  Chiu, Pin-Yao. (May, 2012). “Submission or Subversion: the Concept of Capital in Robert Louis Stevenson’s Kidnapped.” Asian Conference on Arts & Humanities (ACAH), Osaka, Japan.

  Chiu, Pin-Yao. (May, 2011). “Journey of Female Emancipation in Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s ‘The Yellow Wall-paper.’” The Organizing Committee to the 2011 Intercollegiate Theses Presentation Conference, Chiayi, Taiwan.   l  Received scholarship from National Science Council in Taiwan with regards to this publication in 2011.

Contact details

Ms Pin-Yao Chiu
PhD Student
Wentworth College
York University
North Yorkshire
YO10 5DD




Project title: Taiwanese Working Holiday Makers in Australia

In Taiwan, some Taiwanese sociologists call people around 20 to 35 years old as the ‘Collapsed Generation’ (Lin, Hun, Lee, Wang, & Chang, 2011). This is because these young Taiwanese pay a lot of effort to their future but gain less than what they expect. Long working hours, low-paid jobs, the decreased economic value of educational attainment, monopoly capitalism, and the impact of globalization cause young Taiwanese much pressure and worry about their future. In this thesis, I will propose a new idea, pseudo-colonialism, to analyze why above problems occur in Taiwan nowadays. Taken as a whole, this project aims to investigate working holiday as one of the strategies which some young Taiwanese deploy to survive in the Taiwanese society, a pseudo-colonized social system. Using a mix-method approach, the research will reside on six research questions as follows:

  • What is pseudo-colonialism? Why is this term related to working holiday program?
  • What are the public images of Taiwanese working holiday makers?
  • How do Taiwanese working holiday makers respond to these public images self-identity?
  • How do class and gender influence working holiday makers’ motivations and behaviours?
  • How do working holiday makers reflect on their journeys?
  • How do working holiday makers articulate the plans of their future after their travel? 

Supervisors: Dr. Xiaodong Lin & Dr. Laurie Hanquinet