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.

Taiwan Studies Launch New website, Facebook and Twitter

December 12, 2015

We are happy to announce the launch of our new website (, Twitter and Facebook pages. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook by clicking on the shortcuts below to stay on top of updates and events.


The Taiwan Research Celebration

September 9, 2014

Taiwan in Dynamic Transition Conference

The international conference “Taiwan in Dynamic Transition,” hosted by the Department of East Asian Studies at the University of Alberta, took place on May 25-26, 2013. Distinguished scholars from Australia, Canada, New Zealand, Taiwan, the United Kingdom, and the United States attended and presented original research on some of the most salient aspects of Taiwan’s social, political, and cultural transformation in the 20th and 21st centuries.