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The Taiwan Studies program, at the University of Alberta is an interdisciplinary project which studies various aspects of Taiwan’s social, political, and cultural transformations. The program strives to promote student learning and research through organizing various academic initiatives, including conferences, study abroad program and much more .  We have various scholars from the Departments of East Asian Studies, History, Linguistics, and Political Science, specializing in salient aspects of Taiwan’s social, political, and cultural transformation. Their areas of expertise pertain to such topics as Taiwan’s history, culture, and identity; democratization and political reform at local and national levels; cultural, racial, and gender tensions as seen through the lens of popular literature; Taiwan as a provider of foreign aid and developmental expertise; the influence of global norms on Taiwanese society and political institutions. 

GORDON HOULDEN

Director of the China Institute 

Mailing Address:

China Institute

University of Alberta

Room 203 L, Telus Center for Professional Development

Edmonton AB Canada T6G 2H4

Office:  203 L

Phone: 780.248-1331

Email: gordon.houlden@ualberta.ca

Bio:

Professor Gordon Houlden is the Director of the China Institute, Professor of Political Science and Adjunct Professor of the Alberta School of Business at the University of Alberta. He is also a Member of the International Development Research Centre’s (IDRC) Board of Governors.

Professor Houlden joined the Canadian Foreign Service in 1976, and served in Ottawa in the East Asian, China, Caribbean, Latin American and Defence Relations units. Abroad he has been posted to Havana, Hong Kong (twice), Warsaw, Beijing (twice – most recently as Minister 2001- 2004), and as Executive Director of the Canadian Trade Office in Taipei (2004-2006). Twenty-two of his years in the Canadian foreign service were spent working on Chinese economic, trade and political affairs for the Government of Canada. His last assignment before joining the University of Alberta in 2008 was as Director General of the East Asian Bureau of the Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, responsible for Greater China, Japan, the Koreas and Mongolia.

Under Professor Houlden’s leadership, the China Institute has focused on contemporary China studies, with an emphasis on Canada’s trade, investment and energy linkages with the People’s Republic of China, as well as regional security issues, including maritime issues involving the Canadian Artic and the South China Sea.

While at the China Institute, Professor Houlden has led 8 courses on China for officers of the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development (DFATD), as well as courses on China and Japan for the International and Intergovernmental Relations department of the Government of Alberta.

Professor Houlden has lectured at international conferences in Canada, the United States (including the U.S. State Department) and China (including the National Defence University PLA China). He has been interviewed by many Canadian, Chinese and other international media on Asian economic, trade and investment issues.


RYAN DUNCH

Professor

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Mailing Address:

History and Classics

University of Alberta

2-28 Tory Building

Edmonton AB Canada T6G 2H4

Office:  2-9 Tory Building

Phone: 780.492.6484 

Email: ryan.dunch@ualberta.ca

Education:
  • PhD, History, Yale University (1996)
  • MA, History, University of British Columbia (1987)
  • BA (Hons), Asian Studies, Australian National University (1987)

Research Interests

I am currently working on the role of missionary publishing in Chinese in altering the intellectual and social landscape of late Qing China. I was awarded a SSHRC grant for this project in 2001, under the title “Reading missionary modernity in late Qing China.”One thrust of that project has been to compile an annotated bibliographic database of mission publication in Chinese from 1800 to 1911 (excluding periodicals, and Bibles and Bible portions). A searchable draft version of the database is available. I am working on adding Chinese text and further annotations to it. Comments and corrections are welcome.


ASHLEY ESAREY

Lead Administrator, Taiwan Studies Program

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Mailing Address:

Department of Political Science

University of Alberta

12-9 Tory Building

Edmonton AB Canada T6G 2H4

Office:  12-9 Tory Building

Phone: 780.492.5772

Email: esarey@ualberta.ca

Education:

  • PhD, Political Science, Columbia University (2006)
  • MPhil,  Political Science, Columbia University
  • MA, Political Science, Columbia University
  • BA (Hons), Diplomacy and World Affairs: East Asia, Occidental College (1994)

Research Interest

  • Political communication 
  • Transnational environmental movements
  • International relations in East Asia
  • Domestic politics of China, Taiwan and Japan

 


WALTER DAVIS

Associate Professor, Interm Chair Department of East Asian Studies

Mailing Address:

Department of East Asian Studies

University of Alberta

3-31 Pembina Hall

Edmonton AB Canada T6G 2H4

Office:  3-91B

Phone: 780.492.7875

Email: walter.davis@ualberta.ca

Education:
  • BA, Classical Languages and Philosophy, University of Kansas (1994)
  • MA, Art History, University of Kansas (1998)
  • PhD, History of Art, The Ohio State University (2008)

Research Interest

  • Late-imperial Chinese painting, prints, and calligraphy
  • Twentieth-century Chinese and Japanese art
  • Modern Sino-Japanese artistic exchange.

 


 JENN-SHANN (JACK) LIN

  Retired Professor

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Mailing Address:

Department of East Asian Studies

University of Alberta

3-36 Pembina Hall

Edmonton AB Canada T6G 2H4

Office:  3-36 Pembina Hall

Phone: 780.492.1125

Email: jennlin@ualberta.ca

Education:

  • BA, Foreign Languages and Literatures, Soochow University
  • MA, Linguistics, Kansas State University 
  • PhD, Linguistics, University of Alberta 

Research Interest

  • Taiwan fiction 
  • narrative strategies 
  • Translation
  • Gender studies
  • Syntax and semantics