Thursday, September 03, 2009

Lien Chan is Keynote Speaker at Sept 17 Berkeley Conf

From H-Asia:

Sept 3 2009

UC Berkeley Conference on China-Taiwan Relations
From: Caverlee Cary

The Institute of East Asian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley will host the former Vice-President of Taiwan, Dr. Lien Chan, as keynote speaker for the upcoming conference on September 17 on relations between China and Taiwan, “Dynamics Across the Taiwan Strait, 1949 to the Present.” His address is entitled "Sixty Years of Cross-Strait Relations: From Conflict to Conciliation."

In "Dynamics Across the Taiwan Strait 1949-Present," Taiwan's history and current outlook are explored in the light of on-going and evolving relations with China. Panelists address Taiwan's political culture, democratic practice, and the negotiation of identity. Papers to be presented include:

Yomi Braester, University of Washington — Taipei Is Gone: The Invisible City on Film
Melissa Brown, Stanford University — Authenticity and Change in Taiwan's Identities
Leo Ching, Duke University — Colonial Nostalgia and Postcolonial Anxiety: Japan, Taiwan, and the Discourse of Intimacy
Lowell Dittmer, UC Berkeley — American Strategic Interests and Taiwan Strait Relations
Thomas Gold, UC Berkeley — IUP Across the Taiwan Strait
Shelley Rigger, Davidson University — Strawberry Jam: Politics and Identity in Taiwan's Strawberry Generation
Emma Teng, Massachusetts Institute of Technology — From "Ball of Mud" to "Chinese Province": The China-Taiwan Relation in Historical Perspective
Alan Wachman, Tufts University — Cross-Strait Controversy: What Has Changed, What Has Not?
Robert Weller, Boston University — Democratic Culture, Responsive Authoritarianism and Political Change in Taiwan
Wen-hsin Yeh, UC Berkeley — Democratic Practices and Public Culture: Reading Taiwan's Media

The conference takes place Thursday, September 17, 2009, from 8:00 AM to 6 PM, in the Heyns Room, The Faculty Club, on the UC Berkeley campus. Further information and the conference schedule can be found at This event is free and open to the public.

Submitted by:
Caverlee Cary
Assistant Director for Program Planning
Institute of East Asian Studies
University of California, Berkeley

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Anonymous said...

That is an all star panel. Lien Chan is going to get eaten alive.

Anonymous said...

Any word if this will be bound in a volume?

Arthur Dent said...

Wish I had the money to go and attend. Hope Brown, Rigger and Wachman can provide some balance ...

Anonymous said...

Emma Teng: Taiwan's Imagined Geography is really good.

Melissa Brown has lots of stuff on Taiwan and Culture in General.

Alan Wachman's Work on Democracy and Nationalism is wonderful.

Thomas Gold is really great for his grasp on Taiwan's unique economic development.

Leo Ching's Becoming Japanese is a fantastic look at Taiwan's problematic post-coloniality and on identity formation/re-formation.

There are a few in there with University of Washington credentials and that is always a good thing.

Shelly Rigger may be the only one sitting at Lien's table at the post conference dinner.

Oh I wish I could be there just to watch Lien's face as he has been a major actor in Taiwan's identity politics.

Anonymous said...

The foreigners, including some brainwashed Taiwanese, should be able to provide some balance indeed.

Anonymous said...

Wasn't Rigger caught up in all the Ma Ying-jeou hype? If I'm remembering correctly, she basically made some statements saying that support for Taiwan independence is on the wane even while Taiwanese consciousness was increasing.

Hans said...

I wonder what was the intention of the organizer to invite both Lien and such indepth group of scholars. Was it for the purpose of "having voices from both sides of the deal?" If the intention was neutral, it would be very interesting to see how Lien would respond to the questions raised by these scholars. Lien has lived in the world where 'challenges' are treated as "rebels" and never had to response to them directly, yet during the discussion session he probably will have to face those questions face-to-face. It's something had I attended would love to see.

Jerome said...

I think that almost every one of them will go softball on Lien Chan the man who has never won an election in Taiwan (discount VP under Lee Teng-hui) and can only speak for the colonial KMT perspective of cross-strait relations.
They are armchair academics at heart and protecting future invitations precedes controversial hard-hitting analysis.

Anonymous said...

"Armchair academics at heart"?

That's a preposterous statement. On what basis do you make this silly claim?