2017 Universiade opens in Taipei

The 29th Summer Universiade, the world university games, opens tonight in a ceremony at Taipei Stadium in Taiwan’s capital city. More than 7,000 athletes from 144 countries are competing in 22 sporting events. The ceremony features cultural and music performances, speeches from Taipei Mayor Ko Wen-je and International University Sports Federation (FISU) President Oleg Matytsin (Russia), and lighting of the ceremonial flame. The parade of nations was interrupted by anti-pension reform protesters, resulting in most athletes having to enter the stadium after all flag bearers have passed through. Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen announced the opening of the games. Continue reading “2017 Universiade opens in Taipei”


Taiwan is called what in the 2017 Universiade?

Update (11 August): After much reporting by Taiwanese media, the media guide published by the organizing committee has changed all geographical reference of the island in the kit to Taiwan. FISU’s page about the 2017 Universiade retains odd language using Chinese Taipei.


The 29th Summer Universiade, the world university games, will be held in Taipei, Taiwan during 19-30 August, 2017. Touted as a great opportunity to showcase Taiwan on the international stage after Kaohsiung hosted the World Games and Taipei hosted the Deaflympics, both in 2009, Taipei is busy preparing for games and the opening ceremony, which Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-wen is expected to attend.

Despite all the fanfare and being the hosting country, Taiwan is not called Taiwan during the games. The English media guide introduces Taiwan under the title “Introduction of Our Island-Chinese Taipei” and continues with “Chinese Taipei is long and narrow[.]” Continue reading “Taiwan is called what in the 2017 Universiade?”

Taiwan Studies 台灣研究

Within the world of Oriental scholarship, Sinology and Asian Studies, the academic discipline of Taiwan Studies is fairly new. This is not because of neglect or limited attention that has been paid to the island as an object of social knowledge, but because of an ideological corpus that tied the study of Taiwan neatly into the world of Chinese culture and civilization. Said otherwise, until up into the 1980s – and for some even beyond right up to the present day – writing about Taiwan was not conceived as part of a project of local discovery. Instead, it was written to describe modern Chinese society.

With the end of martial law in 1987 and the beginning of democratization, the focus was lifted from Taiwan as an exclusively Han Chinese society. The origins of Taiwan Studies is best situated in a scholarship that begins with its frontier history during the Qing dynasty or even before. By the 1990s, Taiwan Studies as a distinct field had been born. A Taiwan historiography began to appear that emphasized an emerging importance of the Japanese colonial period. Today, scholars from all over the world are regularly involved in discussion of the series of historical events that gave birth to this unique society. A large enough body of research has become available to support a growing number of overviews and surveys with Taiwan as their central theme and now involves a wide range of academic disciplines. In addition to historically informed scholarship (Taiwan History), there is a growing understanding of Taiwanese identity and ethnicity that draws heavily from theoretical considerations. These works also include an increased understanding of the role of religion in contemporary Taiwan politics, gender issues and studies on the place of indigenous peoples in a contemporary Taiwan. Another trend that heavily influences contemporary Taiwan Studies is linked with the critical analysis of literature and its recent expansion into venues like cinema, documentary and drama. Finally, scholarly work on politics, law, cross-strait and international relations is indispensable to a proper understanding of contemporary Taiwan culture and society.

-from the European Association of Taiwan Studies

As such, here we compiled a list of academic institutions that either have research centers focusing on Taiwan, offer academic programs or courses about Taiwan, or have both. Institutions are listed by regions in the world. If you know of any programs or institutions with a focus in Taiwan Studies that’s not listed here, feel free to leave a comment and we will be happy to add it/them to the list. Continue reading “Taiwan Studies 台灣研究”