Taiwan Studies Series 


Taiwan Studies Series, Volume 1




Written by: John Balcom, Michael Berry, Chang Sung-sheng, Douglas Fix, Ji Birui, Kim Sang-ho, Kim Yang-su, Faye Yuan Kleeman, Lin Jenn-shann Jack, Miki Naotake, Park Jae-Woo, Ron Smith, Tu Kuo-ch’ing, Wu Chin-fa, Yim Choon-Sung

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Inhabited from the earliest times by Austronesian-speaking peoples, Taiwan has a population comprised of multiethnic cultures. Recorded as early as the 1650s during the period of Dutch rule, more than forty-nine tribes were living on the island. Today there are twelve aboriginal tribes registered by the Taiwanese government. With the Chinese ethnic line added by the Han Chinese immigration to the island, there have been two main lineages: One is the Austronesian family, which consists of more than ten tribes, and the other is the Han Chinese.

   From An Alternative View on Taiwan and Its Cultural Diversity by Wu Chin-fa


This volume of the Taiwan Studies Series publishes the results of fourteen papers delivered at the first international conference in Taiwan Studies, "Taiwan Imagined and Its Reality— An Exploration in Literature, History, and Culture." Convened in November 2004 by the Center for Taiwan Studies at UCSB, participants came from Taiwan, Korea, China, Japan, Canada, and the United States and engaged in stimulating presentations and discussions of their ideas centered around the following themes: Cultural Observations of Taiwan Before and After Repeal of Martial Law; Taiwan's Nativist Cultures and Foreign Influences; Construction of a History of Taiwan and of Taiwan Literature; and Retrospect and Prospect of Taiwan Literature in English Translation.


Taiwan Studies Series, Volume 2




Written by: Tzeng Ching-wen, Chiang Bao-chai, Michael Berry, Chi Chun-chieh, Chen Kuo-wei, Chen Chih-fan, Chen Ming-rou, Yang T’sui, Chin Ju-non, Lois Stanford, Jenn-shann Lin, Terence C. Russell, Sue Wiles, Hsü Chün-ya, Hsü Chao-hua, and Tu Kuo-ch’ing

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In the past two decades Taiwan liturature, as well as Taiwan culture, has attracted scholarly attention as a field of research, and this has become an increasingly noticeable trend in academia. In 1998, for example, Columbia University Press began to publish the Modern Chinese Literature from Taiwan series; in 2003 the Lai Ho and Wu Cho-liu Endowed Chair in Taiwan Studies and the Center for Taiwan Studies were simultaneously established at the University of California, Santa Barbara; and in a recent issue of the Journal of Asian Studies (May 2005) five articles dealing exclusively with the study of Taiwan's history, society, and culture were published. It is foreseeable that from now on English publications of Taiwan studies and translations of Taiwan liturature into English will be on the rise.

From Transcend China? Translate Taiwan! by Tu Kuo-ch'ing


This second volume of the Taiwan Studies Series publishes the results of seventeen papers delivered at the second international conference in Taiwan Studies, Taiwan Literature and English Translation. Organized in September 2005 by the Center for Taiwan Studies at UCSB, participants from Taiwan, Canada, Australia, and the United States convened and engaged in stimulating presentations and discussions of their ideas, with the objective if strengthening academic interaction between CTS and international scholars, graduate students, and translators of Taiwan literature; brainstorming to draw on collective wisdom and further promote the English translation of Taiwan literature; and establish common grounds for collaboration.


Taiwan Studies Series, Volume 3




Written by: Tu Kuo-ch’ing, Faye Kleeman, Ch’en Chien-chung, Liu Heng-hsing, Ming Feng-ying, Ch’en Yu-ts’ai, Li Xiangping, Steven L. Riep, Lin Chia-chun, Ch’en Ming-rou, Juan Mei-hui,Ji Briui, Alexander C. Y. huang, Hsü Chün-ya, Tu Chao-mei, Yang Ts’ui, and Evelyn Wu

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In an editorial in the August 15, 2006 Mainichi shinbun [Daily News], Oga Shôzô called for an initiative to have Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) from China, Japan, and Korea collaborate in creating history textbooks. This initiative was modeled on a Franco-German textbook of contemporary history, which was edited by a ten-member committee, evenly divided between French and German scholars, and was published simultaneously in both countries in May 2006. 

From Whose History? Whose Liturature? A Comparative Assessment of Taiwanese/Japanese Colonial Literary History by Faye Kleeman


This third volume of the Taiwan Studies Series publishes the results of sixteen of the papers delivered at the third international conference in Taiwan studies at UCSB, with the theme of “Taiwan Literature and History.” Organized in October 2006 by the Center of Taiwan Studies, twenty two scholars and students from Taiwan, China, and the United States convened to explore Taiwan literature as it has developed since 1895 in three epoch-making periods – the Japanese occupation period (1895-1945), the postwar period (1945-1987), and the period after the repeal of martial law (1987 to the present) – and to discuss particular issues involved with the writing of the history of Taiwan literature with different perspectives and interpretations.

Profound and stimulating dialogues between participants ensued over two days, providing an opportunity for a deeper understanding of Taiwan and its history and further enrichening our international perspectives and clarifying our mutual goals in the promotion of Taiwan literature worldwide.


Taiwan Studies Series, Volume 4




Written by: Kuo-ch’ing Tu, Dafydd Fell, Fang-long Shih, Ching-ming Ko, Scott Simon, Andrew Morris, Darryl Sterk, Frank Muyard, Jack Jenn-Shann Lin &Bao Chai Chiang, Pei-yin Lin, Motoko Suzuki, Sakina Cutivet, and Yu-ting Hwang

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As recently as the late 1990s, Taiwan studies remained little more than a marginal subject in European Chinese studies. There were still no university courses focusing on Taiwan, no academic positions whose principal remit wa Taiwan, no regular Taiwan studies international conferences, no Taiwan studies academic associations, and relatively little Taiwan studies research was being published in Europe. Taiwan studies in European institutions lagged well behind their American counterparts. However, over the last eight years there has been a transformation in the state of Taiwan studies in Europe, as it has developed into an expanding and vibrant field of study.

From The Role of School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS) in                                                          The Development of European Taiwan Studies by Dafydd Fell


This fourth volume of the Taiwan Studies Series publishes twelve of the papers delivered at the fourth international conference on Taiwan Studies convened at UCSB in October 2007. Twenty-six scholars and students from Asia, Australia, Europe, and North America exchange views about the current status of Taiwan studies and prospects of learning in this field.

Issues involving the study of Taiwan and its culture, history, and society were discussed within the context of globalization and international perspectives. Through this conference, the Center for Taiwan Studies at UCSB seeks to strengthen academic collaboration between international institutions of Taiwan Studies and academia in Taiwan.