Hankuk University of Foreign Studies "Taiwan Studies Program"2015/9/1~2018/8/31
  • Project Description

    The formation and development of Chinese culture has been influenced by transnational elements from Taiwan, East Asia, and the West. In particular, many elements of Taiwanese culture have exercised a strong stimulating effect in different regions of Asia, and provoked changes to the existing culture. In Korea’s academic community, Taiwan Studies is being invigorated by exploring these phenomena, which can facilitate bringing about and promoting balanced development in the East Asian community.   

    ITS is aware of the importance of Taiwan Studies and its focus is on:

    1. Reflecting on our attitudes towards Taiwan Studies and maintaining a balanced approach to Chinese cultural studies.
    2. Paying attention to Taiwanese culture as a part of the culture of the East Asia region.
    3. Investigating the role of Taiwanese culture within the overall architecture of Chinese culture.
    4. Deepening cultural exchanges between Korea and Taiwan and supporting work in the academic world.
    5. Building an interconnected network of academic bodies and scholars in Korea, Taiwan, and Asia.

    With this vision in mind, ITS undertakes the following activities:

    1. Publishing the Journal of Taiwan Studies twice a year. This academic journal brings together outstanding achievements of Taiwan Studies researchers in different parts of the world, creating a positive atmosphere for Taiwan Studies in Korea and providing a platform for scholarly exchanges between Korean scholars and scholars outside Korea.
    2.  Hosting domestic and international academic conferences to facilitate networking for scholars and provide regular occasions for scholarly discussion and interaction between Korean and international experts in Taiwan Studies fields.
    3. Hosting smaller scale Formosa Forums four to six times a year, to which we invite Korean and international specialists in Taiwan Studies fields to conduct intensive discussions. The fields include Taiwan’s history, culture, society, politics, economics, literature, arts, environment, ethnics, and language.
    4. Hosting activities for the general public to popularize Taiwanese culture, such as Taiwan film festivals, forums, and Taiwan Academy public lecture series. Details are given below.
  • Outcome Feature Description

    1. Journal Publishing: This is a core part of our academic research. The Journal of Taiwan Studies (ISSN 2234–067X) is the only academic journal in this field published in Korea, and its 10th issue was released in June 2017. The journal articles include papers on Taiwan’s history, culture, society, politics, economics, literature, arts, environment, ethnics, and language, by scholars from Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Japan, the USA, and Europe.

    We are discussing the signing of a contract with DBPIA (http://www.dbpia.co.kr), the largest academic website in Korea to make a digital version of the Journal of Taiwan Studies and research papers available on the internet.

    2. Conferences: ITS hosts domestic and international conferences on Taiwan Studies topics. It has signed an academic cooperation agreement with the Research Center for Humanities and Social Sciences at National Chung Hosing University, and each takes turn to host an academic conference each year. We also often work with other academic institutions to jointly organize conferences, such as:

    (1) with the Busan International Film Festival, to hold a forum on October 13, 2016, on the Inner and Outer Aspects of Taiwan Films: Intersecting Lines of Vision;

    (2) The 5th International Forum for Young Scholars of Chinese Literature, and the 6th Forum for Humanities and Social Sciences Graduate Students, held December 1~4, 2016;

    (3) with the 34th Busan International Short Film Festival to hold an Asian Short Film Forum, on April 27, 2017;

    (4)  with the Korean Chinese Regional Scholarly Association, to hold an academic conference on May 13, 2017, on the Changes in China’s Society and East Asia’s Future; and

    (5)  with the Asian Culture and Creativity Research Center, to hold a forum on August 5, 2017 on the Asian Era, an Era of Creativity and Imagination.

    These provide opportunities for specialists to network and exchange different perspectives about Taiwan, contributing to the development of Taiwan Studies.

    3. Formosa Forums: These are open classes for scholars, students, and the general public. We invite specialists in Taiwan Studies fields to give presentations, followed by a Q&A and discussion. Five Formosa Forums were held in the 2016–2017 academic year:

    (1)  Representation of Colonialism in Taiwan Cinema - presented by Lee Seung-Hee from Hanyang University on December 21, 2016;

    (2)  The Ocean Silk Road and Taiwan: Anping Gubao (Fort Zeelandia) - presented by Kim Hyung-Ju, from HUFS, on May 30, 2017;

    (3)  Digital Chinese Language Education - presented by Lien Yujen from Chinese Culture University, on July 25, 2017;

    (4)  The Development of Chinese Education and the Advantages of Using Technology - presented by Chen Hsin-Tzu from Chinese Culture University, on July 27, 2017; and

    (5)  Translating Japan: SF Spectacle and Contemporary Detective Stories from Taiwan - presented by Chen Kuo-Wei from National Chung Hsing University, on August 17, 2017.

    4. Translation & Publishing: “Taiwan Literature: from Travel Essays of Colonizers to a Culture Platform” [Taiwan wenxue: Cong zhimin de youji dao wenhua de pingtai]” edited by Lim Dae Geun and Chen Kuo-Wei was published inAugust, 2017.

    5. Activities for the General Public

    (1)  A Taiwan Film Festival was held at the Seoul Art Cinema - October 20~30, 2016 and received an enthusiastic response. 

    (2)  A Taiwan Academy, open to the general p ublic, was held at the Asia Cultural Creativity    Institute, in April and May, 2017. It offered talks outlining/on topics related to Taiwan’s history and culture to members of the general Korean public.


    • School:Hankuk University of Foreign Studies
    • Continent:Asia
    • Country\Area:Korea