NEWS AND UPDATES

Taiwan Studies Award 2021

February 24, 2021

The Taiwan Studies Program invites applications from students and faculty interested in pursuing a research project related to Taiwan Studies in 2021. Awards of up to $10,000 for faculty and $5,000 for students to fund a short-term research project related to Taiwan Studies or participation in an academic conference hosted in Taiwan. Click here for more information.


The University of London SOAS is Hosting Book Launch for Newly Published Book “Greening Taiwan Communities.”

February 15, 2021

The University of London SOAS is Hosting Book Launch for Newly Published Book “Greening Taiwan Communities.” Edited by Ashley Esarey, Mary Alice Haddad, Joanna I. Lewis, and Stevan Harrell (University of Washington Press, 2020), the book narrates the parallel processes in which East Asia’s four most populous countries (China, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan) have evolved from developmental into what the authors call “eco-developmental” states. As each country in turn experienced an “economic miracle” and realized the environmental costs it had incurred in doing so, its regime, under popular pressure, moderated its single focus on economic growth and began to stress environmental recovery as a necessary element of material prosperity. For more information or to register for the event, please click here.


UAlberta Student Shares Experience Participating in the Mosaic Taiwan Program

July 29, 2016

Noureddin Zaamout, a Master in Political Science student at the University of Alberta, was selected to join the prestigious Mosaic Taiwan Fellowship Program 2016, which is run by Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA). The fellowship is a prestigious 3-week program in which 30 emerging North American leaders (25 from the US, and 5 from Canada) wishing to gain firsthand experience of the Taiwan are given the opportunity to explore the country and meet with the country’s top diplomats and politicians. The program ran from June 5 – 25, 2016. Click here to see what Noureddin had to say about his experience.


Post-Conference Summary is Now Available 

July 29, 2016

From June 4 to June 5, 2016 the Department of East Asian Studies and the China Institute at the University of Alberta hosted an interdisciplinary conference in Banff, Alberta to discuss challenges faces the countries of East Asia for environmental protection, sustainable development, and the future of environmental politics in the region. Nuclear scientists, sociologists, journalists, lobbyists, anthropologists and political scientists from around the globe came together to discuss such issues as air pollution, soil pollution, water pollution, grassroots social movements, media power and public opinion, policies to promote resilient development, and the costs of transitioning from fossil fuel-based energy production. This explicitly interdisciplinary conference approached environmental degradation as borderless and pollution as a regional and global challenge that will require the engagement of governments, corporations, social groups, activists and mass media.The conference format consisted of four keynote addresses followed by research panels and roundtable discussions on sustainable and resilient development, nuclear energy, activism public opinion and environmental protectionism, technology and environmental protection, reporting environmental news, climate change, and intraregional collaboration and intra-regional information diffusion.  Click here or on the title above to access the full summary.


Taiwan Studies Program Successfully hosts the International Conference “Environment and Environmentalism in East Asia”

June 15, 2016

The conference brought together 30 distinguished scholars, representatives of environmental NGOs, and journalists from around the Pacific Rim to consider the challenges of environmental protection and sustainable development in East Asia. Research presentations and roundtable discussions on June 4-5 emphasized such topics as nuclear power and renewable energy, the environmental costs of high-speed growth, and the roles of public opinion, policy, and technology in environmental protection. The Conference aims to encourage participants to engage the conference themes rigorously and interactively by comparing the experiences of China, Japan, South Korea, and Taiwan.


Taiwan Documentary Film Night

March 30, 2016

The Taiwan Studies Program will host a Taiwan Documentary Film Night; join us at the Garneau Cinema, March 30, for a showing of the documentary Sunflower Occupation 太陽不遠 which depicts the dramatic standoff that ensued when student protesters in Taiwan occupied their national parliament to protest the passage of a free trade pact with China. Characterized as a protest to save Taiwan’s democracy, their demonstration offers a window into the politics of one East Asia’s most dynamic societies. Click here to access the event’s Facebook Page.