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Taiwan Studies: New Directions and Connections

April 8, 2017 @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm

Workshop for Taiwan Studies: New Directions and Connections


Organizer: Professor David Der-wei Wang, Edward C. Henderson Professor of Chinese Literature, Harvard University

Sponsors: Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation, Fairbank Center for Chinese Studies

Discussants: David der-wei Wang, Michelle Yeh, Michael Berry, Mei Chia-ling



Panel One: (Post-)Colonial Identities and Sentimentalities, 1934-1949

1pm – 3pm

Dingru Huang

Mapping a Strange Home: Weng Nao, the Kōenji Neighborhood of Tokyo, and Taiwanese literature in the 1930s

Chun -yu Lu

Lovable Foe: Sentimentalizing Morality in Wartime Taiwan, 1937-1945

Dominic Meng-Hsuan Yang

Trauma and Diaspora of 1949: History, Memory, and Literature in Taiwan’s Mainlander Studies



Panel Two: Reinvention and Remembrance, 1950s-1970s

3:30pm – 5pm

Yang Fu-min

When “Wen” becomes Knowledge: Bing-ing Hsieh’s “How I Write”

Cheng-chieh Chang

Remembering Taiwan’s Activism in 1960s-70s

Lo Yichen

Of the Civil Law Family: The Troubling Concept for Legal Transplantation in Taiwan



*Please note. Saturday’s sessions will now be held in the Common Room, 2 Divinity Avenue, Cambridge MA*

Panel Three: Politics and Poetics, 1979-1980s

10am – 11:30am

Kevin Luo

Revisiting Authoritarianism and Democratization in Taiwan: Analyzing Legislative Priorities and Texts, 1979-1987

Chung Chih-wei

“Harbor Songs” between Men: The Perverse Lyricism in 1980s’ Taiwanese Nationalists

Po-hsi Chen

An Isle of Socialism Unwritten: The Pro-Unification Leftist Literary Historiography in Taiwan



Panel Four: Contesting Voices and Networks, 1990s-2016

1pm – 3pm

Kyle Shernuk

Sinophone Tidalectics, or the Transculturation of Identity in the Age of Globalization

Lily Wong

Affective Labor and the Sinophone Lens in “The Fourth Portrait” 

Dalton Lin

Can-Kicking in International Disputes: Parallel Self-Interest, Behind-the-Scene Diplomacy, and Lessons for Rapprochement Attempts

Jaw-Nian Huang

Between State and Market: Institutional Origins of Media Self-censorship in Taiwan, 1949-2016



3:30pm – 5:30pm



April 8, 2017
10:00 am - 4:30 pm
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