UCSB Taiwan Studies Program and Visiting Professor Program2014/7/1~2019/6/30
  • Project Description

    Founded in 2003, the Center for Taiwan Studies at UCSB is dedicated to promoting Taiwan Studies as a field of study. Due to its unique geographical location and historical background, Taiwan has developed a culture and society different from that of Mainland China. Yet for political and historical reasons, it is only in the last few decades that Taiwan has become a common subject of academic research, blossoming into a topic of international research and interest in Japan, Europe, and North America. The establishment of the Lai Ho and Wu Cho-liu Endowed Chair in Taiwan Studies at UCSB in 2003 is evidence of the growing fecundity of this field, and the Center for Taiwan Studies (CTS) aims to promote Taiwan-related research, enhance international understanding of Taiwanese culture, and advance its study on a worldwide stage.

  • Outcome Feature Description

    CTS puts its efforts into educating and training young scholars to be specialists in the field. We bring a unique and valued contribution to UCSB’s scholarship by offering courses that illuminate special topics in Taiwan Studies. Courses such as Introduction to Taiwan Literature, Advanced Readings in Taiwan Literature, and Special Topics on Taiwan Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences take students squarely into the heart of the field. This has included guest lecturers and film screenings. We also have offered CTS Student Language Awards for those that excel in language studies. In this way, we hope to broaden students’ understanding of Taiwan and inspire them to incorporate Taiwan into their academic path.

    What is the best way to encourage international academic exchange and strengthen scholarly collaboration with institutions in Taiwan? We host international conferences on Taiwan Studies, bringing together scholars from all over the world to present their work on Taiwan and engage in fruitful discussions. Our conferences have covered such topics as: Taiwan Imagined and Its Reality: An Exploration of Literature, History, and Culture; Taiwan Studies in Global Perspectives; East Asian Colonial Cultures and Modern Societies in Comparative Perspectives; and Inter-flow and Trans-border: Ocean, Environment, and Cultural Landscape of Taiwan. This has led to a particularly fruitful collaboration with the Institute of Taiwan History at Academia Sinica in Taiwan. More than 250 scholars have joined us over the years, shaping and reinforcing an international community of scholars doing important research related to Taiwan.

    We are also pleased to provide Taiwan studies fellowships and postdoctoral research grants with the support of the Ministry of Education, and we are most proud of the Ph.D. program in Taiwan Studies at UCSB, as we hope to shepherd young academics into this important field of study.

    In the interests of introducing Taiwan Literature to the rest of the world, CTS is an active publisher, translating the stories and essays of many of Taiwan’s most esteemed authors. We publish the bi-annual journal Taiwan Literature English Translation Series, offering issues on special topics such as Aboriginal Literature in Taiwan; Taiwan Literature during the Period of Japanese Rule; Imperial Subject Literature in Taiwan; and Animal Writing in Taiwan Literature. In particular, the issues that are dedicated to a specific author—such as Lai Ho, Lung Ying-tsung, Chang Wen-huan, Yeh Shih-t’ao, Chung Chao-cheng, Lü Ho-jo, Lee Chiao, Wang Wen-hsing, Pai Hsien-yung, and Wang Chen-ho—offer in-depth looks into their larger bodies of work. We also publish books under the Taiwan Literature: Chinese–English Bilingual Series and the Taiwan Writers Translation Series.

    Most recently, we published An Anthology of Short Stories by Yeh Shih-t’ao, a literary master who has not often been translated into English. By making works like this available to the English-speaking world, we hope to see Taiwan literature in translation become part of college-level courses, and academic studies, and also contribute to the general enrichment of readers. Additionally, we’ve been honored to host writers such as Lee Chiao, Cheng Ching-wen, Li Ang, and Hwang Chun-ming as writers in residence here at UCSB. In this way, we are bringing the rich literary legacy of Taiwan to the world.

    Pursuing the center’s guiding principles of cultural exploration, academic stance, and international perspective, we have become an international center for the presentation of the literature, history, and culture of Taiwan. There is a long way to go, of course, to meet all of our envisioned goals. We invite you to join us in our mission and explore our offerings.