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Taiwan Studies Program Launches “Taiwan Expert Series”

May 12, 2021

The Taiwan Studies Program’s Taiwan has launched a new ‘Expert Series’ that brings together interdisciplinary scholars who study a variety of aspects pretraining to Taiwan. This series aims to shed light on the work of experts on Taiwan in order to foster better understanding and research. For more information, please click on the heading above.

Taiwan Studies Program Professors Dunch and Esarey’s book Taiwan in Dynamic Transition reviewed by Foreign Affairs

April 20, 2021

Professors Ryan Dunch and Ashely Esarey’s new book Taiwan in Dynamic Transition: Nation Building and Democratization has been reviewed by Foreign Affairs. Click on the title to access the review.

The Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs has awarded $600,000 to the University of Alberta to support teaching and research in Taiwan Studies. 

March 10, 2021

The Taiwan Ministry of Foreign Affairs has awarded $600,000 to the UAlberta’s Faculty of Arts to support teaching and research related to political and social change in Taiwan. Among the initiatives funded by the five-year grant is a graduate student fellowship program that will help to train the next generation of Canadian Taiwan experts. Programming will also include research and courses on contemporary Taiwan and events designed to connect UAlberta students and faculty with Taiwan-based scholars.

Housed in the Department of Political Science, programming funded by this award will build on accomplishments made possible by an earlier Taiwan Studies grant held by the Department of East Asian Studies.

Dean of the Faculty of Arts Steve Patten and Director-General Andy Chen of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office in Vancouver participated in a virtual ceremony on March 10 at which they signed the new agreement.

“UAlberta is very fortunate to have this opportunity. Taiwan Studies holds great interest for students of East Asian culture as well as researchers of democracy, post-colonialism, geopolitics, and sustainable development,” said Project Director Ashley Esarey, Assistant Professor in the Department of Political Science. “In the span of four decades, Taiwan has transitioned from authoritarian rule to vibrant democracy. In addition, Taiwan has rich artistic, cultural, and literary traditions that make the program an excellent fit for the Faculty of Arts, where we are fortunate to have such scholars as Clara Iwasaki, Ryan Dunch, and Christopher Lupke contributing to research and teaching on Taiwan. It will be a pleasure to build bridges, as it were, between Albertans and Taiwanese in the context of this program.”

Taiwan Studies Award 2021

February 23, 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.