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2014 EATS Library Grant Winners

EATS is very proud to be able to offer Library Grant in 2014 to help young researchers of Taiwan Studies to further their research by conducting a research trip to a selected library in Europe. There are five winners in 2014 (in alphabetical order):

  • Ti-Han Chang, PhD candidate, The Institute for Transtextual and Transcultural Studies, Jean Moulin University Lyon 3, France. Her research topic is: “The Ecological Other in Contemporary Philosophy and Postcolonial Literature: An Interdisciplinary Study of the Writings of J.M. Coetzee and Wu Ming-yi”. Her selected library is SOAS Library, London.
  • Theodore Kai Yue Charm, MA student, SOAS, London, UK. His research topic is: “Measuring and Explaining the Success and Failure of the Taiwan Solidarity Union (TSU)”. His selected library is Tübingen University Library, Germany.
  • Denisa Hilbertova, PhD candidate, Charles University, Prague, Czech Republic. Her research topic is “British Diaspora in Taiwan, 1860-1895: The Tea Industry”. Her selected libraries are Bodleian Library, University of Oxford’s John Johnson collection, and University of Bristol’s Archives of the Chinese Maritime Customs Service (CMCS).
  • Dario Kuntić, PhD candidate, Faculty of Political Science, University of Zagreb, Croatia. His research topic is “Implications of China’s rise on the security situation in the Taiwan Strait”. His selected Library is SOAS Library, London.
  • Magdaléna Masláková, MA student, Masaryk University Brno, Czech Republic. Her research topic is “Taiwan as the Promised Land? The Presbyterian Church in Taiwan and its struggle for inculturation”. Her selected library is SOAS Library, London.

The grant holders will complete and submit a research report to EATS by 31 December 2014.

Announcing the Winner of EATS Internship 2014

EATS has recently launched a short-term research project to investigate and compile a comprehensive list of formal publications as a result of EATS annual conferences between 2004 and 2014. For this reason, EATS has established a single short-term internship to complete the said project. We are pleased to announce that the winner of the EATS Internship 2014 is Benjamin Hlavaty, who received a Master’s in Taiwan Studies from the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London in 2007 and is currently a PhD candidate at International Taiwan Studies Center, Graduate Institute of Taiwan Culture, Language and Literature, National Taiwan Normal University.

Benjamin’s responsibility as an EATS intern will include:

  • Establishing a list of all papers presented at EATS annual conferences between 2004 and 2014
  • Conducting a digital search for official publications (i.e. publications in academic journals and/or books) which are linked to papers presented at EATS annual conferences
  • Contacting all paper-presenters to verify the outcome of their papers and obtaining relevant bibliographical details about the Notice Board 28 identified official publications
  • Compiling a comprehensive list of the official publications as a result of EATS annual conferences. The list should include relevant bibliographical details and where possible a link to the individual publication for future reference

The project will be complete by 31 December 2014.

Recent Movement of EATS Members

  • Dr Hardina Ohlendorf has been appointed a Lecturer in the Social Science Division of the International College of Mahidol University, Thailand. Her position began in April 2014.
  • Dr Jens Sejrup has been appointed Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Centre for East and South-East Asian Studies, Lund University, Sweden. His position began in January 2014.
  • The 11th EATS conference has been reported by Macroview TV in Taiwan (reporter: Shu-shiun Ku). For the video clip, please see:

Latest Taiwan-Related Publications by EATS Members and Associates

  • Beckershoff, André (2014), "The KMT-CCP Forum: Securing Consent for Cross-Strait Rapprochement", Journal of Current Chinese Affairs 43(1): 213-241. Full text available online:
  • Beckershoff, André (2014), "Seizing the Transnational – Ideology, Hegemony, and the Doubling of China-Taiwan Relations", Spectrum - Journal of Global Studies 6(1): 1-21. Full text available online:
  • Cole, Michael (2014), Officially Unofficial: Confessions of a journalist in Taiwan. Taipei: CreateSpace. Please see the website:
  • Dluhošová, Tána and Heylen, Ann (eds) (2013), “Introduction to the Special Issue on Taiwan Studies: Popular Culture and Literature”, Oriental Archive 81(3): 385–389.
  • Heylen, Ann (2013), “Reading History and Political Illustration in Taiwan Popular Culture”, Oriental Archive 81(3): 411–435.
  • Hickey, Dennis V. (2014), "Taiwan and the Rising Tensions in the East China Sea: A Mouse That Roared", Asian Survey 54(3): 492-514.
  • Hickey, Dennis V. (2014), "The Taiwan Relations Act: A Mid-Life Crisis at 35?", Taiwan Relations Act: Time for a Change?, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. Available online at
  • Hsu, Mattel Chien-Jung (2014), The Construction of National Identity in Taiwan's Media, 1896-2012 (Leiden and Boston: Brill). Further details please see:
  • Jacobs, J. Bruce (2014), “China's frail historical claims to the South China and East China Seas”, American Enterprise Institute (AEI), Policy Studies, Foreign and Defense Policy, Regional, Asia, 26 June. Available online:
  • Jacobs, J. Bruce (ed.) (2014), Critical Readings in China-Taiwan Relations, 4 volumes (with an introduction by J. Bruce Jacobs). Leiden and Boston: Brill.
  • Jacobs, J. Bruce (2014), “Taiwan’s Colonial Experiences and the Development of Ethnic Identities: Some Hypotheses”, Taiwan in Comparative Perspective 5 (forthcoming).
  • Kleeman, Faye Yuan (2013), “Body, Identity, and Social Order: Japanese Crime Fiction in Colonial Taiwan”, Oriental Archive 81(3): 581-601.
  • Lee, Pei-Ling (2013), “All about 1895: An Ideological Analysis of TV Serials from the Two Sides of the Taiwan Strait”, Oriental Archive 81(3): 495-514.
  • Lin, Pei-yin (2013), “Gendering Cross-Strait Relations: Romance and Geopolitics in Li Ang’s Seven-Generation Predestined Relationship and Ping Lu’s East and Beyond”, Oriental Archive 81(3): 515-538.
  • Ohlendorf, Hardina (2014), "The Taiwan Dilemma in Chinese Nationalism: Taiwan Studies in the People's Republic of China", Asian Survey 54(3): 471-491.
  • Rawnsley, Ming-Yeh T. (2014), “Stars as Production and Consumption: A Case Study of Brigitte Lin’, in Leung Wing-Fai & Andy Willis (eds.), East Asian Film Stars (London: Macmillan), pp.190-204.
  • Rawnsley, Ming-Yeh T. (2014), “’Korean Wave’ in Taiwan: Cultural Representation of Identities and Food in Korean TV Drama, Dae Jang Geum’, in Jeongmee Kim (ed.), Reading Asian Television Drama: Crossing Boarders and Breaking Boundaries (London: IB Tauris), pp.213–234.
  • Rawnsley, Ming-Yeh T. (2013), “Taiwanese-Language Cinema: State versus Market, National versus Transnational”, Oriental Archive 81: 437–458.
  • Sejrup, Jens (2014), "Awakening the Sufferers: Reflections on Public Relations, Activism, and Subalternity in Postcolonial Controversies between Taiwan and Japan", Public Relations Inquiry 3(1): 51-68.
  • Sheng, Kai (2013), “The Different Faces of Nezha in Modern Taiwanese Culture”, Oriental Archive 81(3): 391-410.
  • Simon, Scott (2013), “L’autonomie autochtone à Taiwan. Un cadre légal en construction”, in I. Bellier (ed.), Peuples autochtones dans la mondialisation : les avancées du droit, Paris, L’Harmattan, Collection « Horizons autochtones », pp.147-164 [co-authored with Awi Mona].
  • Simon, Scott (2013), “Of Boars and Men: Indigenous Knowledge and Co-Management in Taiwan”, Human Organization 72(3): 220-229.
  • Sterk, Darryl (2013), “The Hunter’s Gift in Ecorealist Indigenous Fiction from Taiwan”, Oriental Archive 81(3): 555-580.
  • Streiter, Oliver and Yoann Goudin (2013), “The Tanghao on Taiwan’s Tombstones: The Statal Recuperation of Tactics for the Creation of a National Space”, Oriental Archive 81(3): 459-494.

Call for Submissions Journal of Poverty Alleviation and International Development (JPAID)

Aims and Scope
The Journal of Poverty Alleviation and International Development (JPAID), is the English-language peer reviewed journal of South Korea’s primary university-based center for research on poverty and development, the Institute for Poverty Alleviation and International Development. It is housed within Yonsei University, one of Korea’s leading and most research intensive universities. JPAID is a free, open-access journal dedicated to the timely publication of original, multidisciplinary research related to poverty alleviation and/or development. We particularly encourage submissions examining aspects of Asia’s role in these issues.

South Korea is one of only a handful of countries that have successfully transitioned from low-income to developed country-status since the end of World War II. South Korea is now an important contributor to international development debates and practices, both as a potential model for successful development, and as an OECD-DAC donor, major trading nation and foreign investor. In line with this growing global responsibility, and with funding support from the National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF-2013S1A5B8A01055336), the Institute of Poverty Alleviation and International Development and Yonsei University produce JPAID in order to provide a venue for rigorous scholarship on development issues that is grounded in Korea, yet with a global perspective, and accessible to a diverse international audience.

Publication information
JPAID is published twice a year, on June 30 and December 31. Issues are available in print to subscribers, and all articles are free to download through our website:

Submitted articles should be original work not published elsewhere. Manuscripts must be written in English, and ordinarily will be between 6,000 and 9,000 words, including all notes and references. Submissions must include an abstract of no more than 250 words, and all author names, affiliations, and complete contact details.

For full submission guidelines and information about journal policies and procedures, please visit our website or contact the Managing Editor, Dr. Joel Atkinson, at

Annual prizes

  • JPAID Outstanding Publication Prize
    JPAID awards a US$1000 annual prize to the author of an outstanding paper published in the journal during the previous twelve months. A prize of US$500 is awarded to the runner up. The prizes are intended to encourage and recognize excellence in research related to poverty and development. Please see our website for more details.
  • JPAID Prize for Early Career Researchers
    JPAID awards a US$500 annual prize in order to recognize the emergence of new researchers with outstanding potential. The prize is awarded to the sole author in the early stages of his or her research career who has published an outstanding paper in the journal during the previous twelve months. The winner must be a PhD or Masters student or within 3 years of completing their degree when the paper was accepted. Please see our website for more details.

Taiwan Sports Day in London Regent’s Park 5 July 2014

Taiwan Sports Day in London

On Saturday 5 July 2014, Team SOAS formed by Dr Dafydd Fell, his family and students won the second place in the tug of war contest at Taiwan Sports Day. After winning the champion title in 2012, this is the second time Team SOAS demonstrated their iron will and physical strength outside of classroom. Held on the second Saturday of July in Regent's Park, Taiwan Sports Day is an annual event organsied by Taiwanese community in London. In addition to tug of war, there were also running races of varying distances and fun games such as three-leg race, egg and spoon race and potato sack race, in most of which Team SOAS has joined since 2008 when they first participated in the event.

Spotlight Taiwan at SOAS “Understanding Taiwan through Films and Documentaries” 28 – 30 July 2014

The Centre of Taiwan Studies, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, has been running a vibrant Spotlight Taiwan Programme, “Understanding Taiwan through Film and Documentaries” since the end of 2013. Another instalment of the Taiwan Film Week under this programme took place at the end of July 2014 with the focus on Taiwanese filmmaker Wan Jen (萬仁).

Wan Jen is one of the most influential directors in Taiwan New Cinema of the 1980s. He made his debut The Taste of Apple (short film) in the landmark work The Sandwich Man (1983, a collection of three short films) with Hou Hsiao-hisen and Zeng Chuang-hsiang. The Taste of Apple is based on Huang Chun-ming’s novel that satirises the US imperialist influences in Taiwan and the local fascination with American culture in the late 1960s. Since his first film, Wan Jen has consistently explored Taiwan’s social problems and political issues. His works have always been politically sensitive and critical about the impacts of industrialization and political corruption, and have been powerful in challenging how the past is presented and whose story is told.

The three events took place during the Taiwan Film Week at SOAS, 28–30 July 2014 included:

  • Film Screening: Super Citizen Ko [超級大國民] and Q&A with Director Wan Jen.
  • Lecture: “Accountability and Redemption: Cinematic Representation of Atrocity in Taiwan” (with reference to Super Citizen Ko) by Dr Sylvia Li-chun Lin, previously Associate Professor of Chinese in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, the University of Notre Dame, and currently a full-time writer and translator.
  • Film Screenings: Puppet Angel [傀儡天使] and It Takes Two to Tango [車拼] (11 min. Trailer), followed by Q&A with Director Wan Jen

For an overview of the previous Taiwan Film Week at SOAS which took place in February 2014 and a reflection on the “Understanding Taiwan through Film and Documentaries” Programme, please see an article and a podcast produced by Dr Ming-yeh T. Rawnsley:

Spotlight Taiwan at ERCCT Taiwan Cultural Week in Tübingen 7–15 July 2014

Spotlight Taiwan

The European Research Centre on Contemporary Taiwan (ERCCT), University of Tübingen, Germany organised a successful Spotlight Taiwan Cultural Week in Tübingen from 7th to 15th July 2014.

During this one week-long cultural fest, public talks about Taiwan literature, arts, cinema and politics were delivered by a variety of speakers, including famous authors from Taiwan such as Kan Yao-ming and Liu Tze-jiu, scholars such as Professor Paul Hoffmann, Professor Gunter Scubert, Dr Ming-yeh T. Rawnsley, and PhD candidate and Visiting Fellow Chang Yi-wen. A music group from Taiwan, A Moving Sound (聲動樂團), was invited to lauch their world-wide tour from Tübingen and their performance gained much admiration from local residents.

In addition, 17 screenings of 12 Taiwanese films in a local cinema generated much attention from not only the locals but also the Taiwanese communities across the region. The screenings of Warriors of the Rainbow (i.e. Seediq Bale, 賽德克巴萊, 2011) and Kano (2014) were particularly well attended. Both screenings were accompanied by Q&A with Ma Zhi-xiang, who is one of the lead actors in Warriors of the Rainbow and the director of Kano.

Inauguration of the ERCCT as CCK Foundation Overseas Center Symposium Tübingen University 14 July 2014

The CCKF-ERCCT became a CCK Foundation Overseas Center in July 2014, one of only four such centres world-wide. To celebrate the new status of the ERCCT and the formal signing of MOU between the CCK Foundation and the University of Tübingen, an inaugural symposium was organised on 14 July 2014 in Tübingen to identify potential new trends in Taiwan Studies.

Invited speakers included:

  • Professor Chu Yun-han (President of the CCK Foundation)  Dr Jonathan Sullivan, “New Trends in the Study of Taiwan’s Domestic Politics”
  • Professor Gary Rawnsley, “New Trends in the Study of Cross-Strait Relations”
  • Professor Thomas B. Gold, “New Trends in the Study of Taiwan’s Society”
  • Dr Fiorella Allio, “New Trends in the Study of Taiwanese Anthropology”
  • Dr Wang Hung-jen, “Current US Perspectives on Taiwan”
  • Dr Gudrun Wacker, “Current European Perspectives on Taiwan”
  • Dr Francoise Mengin, “What does cross-strait integration mean – and what does it not mean?”
  • Dr Gordon Cheung, “Looking ahead: How Taiwan will face China”.

The 20th NATSA Conference University of Wisconsin-Madison 20–21 June 2014

The 20th anniversary of the North American Taiwan Studies Association (NATSA) took place in June 2014. Sponsored by Academia Sinica’s Institute of Taiwan History and Institute of Sociology and hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Madison’s East Asian Legal Studies Center and Center for East Asian Studies, the theme for the 2014 NATSA conference was “The Zeitgeists of Taiwan: Looking Back, Moving Forward”.

The 56th AACS Annual Conference The George Washington University Washington, DC 10–12 October 2014

The American Association for Chinese Studies (AACS) is an interdisciplinary association devoted to the study of China broadly defined ( The 56th AACS annual conference will be hosted by the George Washington University in Washington, DC, 10–12 October 2014. The conference includes panels, roundtables, and papers concerning China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and the Chinese diaspora.

all for Papers “Taiwan: The View from the South” The Australian National University Canberra, Australia 6-8 January 2015

The Australian Centre on China in the World invites submissions for an international conference on all aspects of the study of Taiwan to take place in January 2015. The conference aims to bring together scholars from Taiwan and around the world to discuss research on Taiwan, pre-historically, historically and in the contemporary world, as well as from all disciplinary backgrounds. Abstracts (maximum 400 words) are to be submitted to by Monday 1 September 2014. Please include in your abstract the paper title, presenter’s name, email address, and institutional affiliation. Abstracts may also be submitted for panels of three speakers. Please send enquiries to Nancy Chiu at For further information, please consult the website:

The 12th EATS Conference “(In)Visible Taiwan” Jagiellonian University, Kraków 8-10 April 2015

The 12th Annual Conference of EATS will take place at Jagiellonian University in Kraków, 8-10 April 2015. The main theme is (In)Visible Taiwan, which addresses issues about Taiwan and the field of Taiwan Studies that may appear paradoxical from interdisciplinary perspectives. The Call for Paper will be widely circulated and publicised through the EATS Website in the near future. Please consult regularly.

2nd World Congress of Taiwan Studies Academia Sinica & SOAS London 18–20 June 2015

The 2nd World Congress of Taiwan Studies, co-hosted by Academia Sinica and SOAS, University of London will take place in London in June 2015. The World Congress of Taiwan Studies is the largest academic gathering within Taiwan Studies. The inaugural conference took place in April 2012 in Academia Sinica, Taiwan. The 2nd World Congress aims to offer a survey of field.

The 8th SOAS Taiwan Studies Summer School 18–20 June 2014

This year’s speakers included Hsu Szu-chien, Ketty Chen, Michael Cole, Fan Yun, Joyce Gelb, Megan Greene, Ho Ming-sho, Lin Man-houng, Ngo Tak-wing, Yu Hsiao-ming, Dafydd Fell, Chang Bi-yu, Niki Alsford, Lorna Kung and Jeng Hsiao-ta. They addressed the following key themes: Sunflower Social Movement; Geography education in Taiwan; History education in Taiwan; The Legal basis of Taiwan’s Claim to Diaoyutai; Taiwan, Manchukuo, and the Sino-Japanese War; Introduction on the Resources for Chinese Studies in Taiwan; Politics of Difference in Taiwan (Book Launch); Research Training Seminars in Taiwan Studies.

Spotlight Taiwan in Venice 2013–2014

Ca' Foscari University at Venice started in 2013 a "Spotlight Taiwan Project", with the funding of the Ministry of Culture of The Republic of China on Taiwan. Local organizer is Dr Federica Passi. Past activities include:

  • International Workshop, "Chiang Kai-shek and his time: new historical and historiographical perspectives" (October 2013)
  • A workshop by Dafydd Fell, "Taiwan's political history (1945-2000) in ten advertisements: A conversation with Dafydd Fell" (February 2014)
  • 3 seminars by Felix Schoeber, "Taiwan, stratified modernity: Spanish fortresses, Qing temples, Meiji postcard landscapes, ink and Chinese abstraction"; "The Taipei Fine Arts Museum: The creation of contemporary art in the museum space; and "Taiwan and the Venice Biennale: ideological fluctuations in the microcosm of national representation" (April 2014)
  • A seminar by Federica Passi, "Taiwan Literature: a Temptative definition" (April 2014)
  • 2 workshops by artist Yao Jui-Chung, "Installation art in Taiwan, from the experiments of the 1990s to the grand festivals of contemporary art after 2000" and “David against Leviathan, questioning the ideology of the nation" (April 2014).

Forthcoming events include:

  • Workshop by Valeria Zanier (London School of Economics), "Analysing Taiwan's Economic Development in the framework of East Asian post-WWII Resurgence " (September 22 or 23, 2014, date to be confirmed)
  • Taiwan Cinema Week (organizer Elena Pollacchi, September 22-25, 2014)

Information available on the webpage of the project: More activities will be organized for the following year.

Complex Evolutions: Media and Democratisation in Contemporary Asia

5–6 September 2014 St Antony’s College Oxford

The relationship between mass media and democratisation is multifaceted, and such intricacy is particularly prominent in the Asian context. What is the actual role of mass media as a democratising agent in Asia? Are these media agencies the guardians of the public sphere or lapdogs of the power elite? Are they agents of participatory democracy or purveyors of consumer capitalism? The role of the media in the democratisation of various societies in Asia demands a close examination. At a time when tensions between media and governments run high in Asian societies such as Taiwan, Hong Kong, South Korea and Japan, it is important to conduct empirically grounded explorations of aforementioned issues in different Asian countries.

The aim of this conference is to bring together scholars of different disciplines and area studies to examine the present manifestations of media-democratisation relationships in Asia from multiple perspectives and through a variety of country case studies.

The aim of this conference is to bring together scholars of different disciplines and area studies to examine the present manifestations of media-democratisation relationships in Asia from multiple perspectives and through a variety of country case studies.

Please direct any questions to Sarah Baldwin at

If you would like to attend only one day, please contact the above email address stating your preferred date.

For further information and a Programme please visit the website:

University of Vienna to Host Professor Hans Hanpu Tung

of National Taiwan University Through Non-EU Teaching Mobility Program January – February 2015

The Department of East Asian Studies/Sinology, University of Vienna, is going to host Professor Hans Hanpu Tung from the Department of Political Science, National Taiwan University. Professor Tung is going to teach a seminar on “Political Authority of Authoritarian Institutions: China and Beyond“ at the Department in January and February 2015. The in-coming of Professor Tung is part of the non-EU teaching mobility program recently established at the University of Vienna. The seminar is taught in English.