Cultural History Of Taiwan

Nobuo Takamori
Course Description

This course provides an overview of Taiwan cultural history from 1895 (the Japanese ruled period), 1949 (the KMT cultural policy), 1987 (the end of Martial Law)  to the 1990s. Focusing in particular on people’s everyday life, local beliefs, entertainment and habits, also taking on other art forms such as photography and music, we will examine how historical events and social background have influenced the controversial issue of ‘Taiwanese identity’. There will be literature and film seminars that focus on specific texts which lead to a broader understanding of the Taiwanese culture.

Implementation method

Lecture, Seminar, Group Discussion

Grading Policy
Participation: 10%
Literature Seminar: 40%
Film Seminar: 40%
Final Presentation: 10%

Chris Berry and Feii Lu (eds), Taiwan New Cinema and After, Hong Kong: Hong Kong University, 2005.
Melissa Brown, Is Taiwan Chinese? : the Impact of Culture, Power, and Migration on Changing Identities, Berkeley: University of California, 2004.
Wan-Yao Chou, A New Illustrated History of Taiwan, translated by Carole Plackitt and Tim Casey ,Taipei: SMC Publishing, 2015.
Cathy Erway, The Food of Taiwan, Boston: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015.
Guo-Juin Hong, Taiwan Cinema: a Contested Nation on Screen, New York : Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.
Ping-Hui Liao& David Der-Wei Wang (eds), Taiwan Under Japanese Colonial Rule, 1895-1945: History, Culture, Memory, New York: Columbia University, 2006.
Shyu-Tu Lee& Jack F. Williams (eds), Taiwan’s Struggle : Voices of the Taiwanese, Lanham, Maryland : Rowman & Littlefield, 2014.
Jonathan Manthorpe, Forbidden Nation : a History of Taiwan, New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2005.
Brice Minnigh& Stephen Keeling, The Rough Guide to Taiwan, London : Rough Guides, 2007.
Andrew Morris (eds), Japanese Taiwan: Colonial Rule and its Contested Legacy, London: Bloomsbury Academic, 2015.
Shelley Rigger, Why Taiwan Matters: Small Island, Global Powerhouse, Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield, 2014.
Murray Rubinstein (eds.), Taiwan: a New History, Armonk, N.Y. : M.E. Sharpe, 2007.
June Yip, Envisioning Taiwan: Fiction, Cinema, and the Nation in the Cultural Imaginary, Durham: Duke University Press, 2004.