Dr. Maehara and Prof. Vickers attended the World Congress of Taiwan Studies at Academia Sinica in Taipei (September 6-8, 2018), where Dr. Maehara also presented her recent work on the politics of ‘comfort women’ commemoration in East Asia. On September 10, Prof. Vickers was interviewed about his work on Taiwan, Hong Kong and China by Dr. Yin C. Chuang on the Formosa TV show 台製日常 (click on the title to go to the recording of the show on Youtube).
From September 3-5, 2018, Dr. Yin C. Chuang of NTNU visited Kyushu University to deliver a well-attended intensive course on ‘“Cuteness” and the reception of Japanese popular culture in Taiwan’. This was perhaps the last class ever to be delivered on Kyushu University’s old Hakozaki Campus - before all social science and humanities faculties moved to our new Ito Campus in September 2018.
In July, 2018, Dr. Maehara and Prof. Vickers organised a study tour for students to the ‘Zheng Chenggong Festival’ (鄭成功祭り) in Hirado, Nagasaki Prefecture. This festival is held annually at Hirado, the birthplace of Zheng Chenggong, and his mother’s hometown. Attending this event provided the students with interesting insights into the different interpretations (and political uses) of Zheng Chenggong’s legacy in contemporary Taiwan and East Asia.
From March 11-18, 2018, Prof. Vickers, Dr. Maehara and six Kyudai students (five undergraduates and one postgraduate) travelled to Taiwan for the first field trip organized under the auspices of our new program. The group was kindly hosted by three of our Taiwanese partner universities (Chinan University in Nantou County, and NTNU and NTU in Taipei), where we interacted with local students and scholars and explored prospects for future collaboration and exchange.
We began the trip with two days in the southern city of Tainan, visiting the National Museum of Taiwan History and local historical sites, before traveling to Taipei to team up with another group of visiting students from Tokyo University, led by Prof. Ako Tomoko.
The Kyudai and Todai groups together visited the Human Rights Museum in Jingmei (housed in the prison used for incarcerating political prisoners during Taiwan's Martial Law period), where they were guided by Tsai Kunlin, himself a former prisoner. They then heard eyewitness accounts from other former prisoners, who talked about the notorious `228 Massacre' of 1947 and the subsequent `White Terror`.
The Kyudai group also visited the National Taiwan Museum (originally established during the Japanese colonial period) and the National Palace Museum, giving us the opportunity to reflect on how different Taiwanese cultural institutions embody and promote rather different visions of the island`s identity. Another fascinating insight into Taiwanese history and culture was provided by Sumiki Hikari, who guided the Kyudai and Todai groups around the backstreets of Taipei's Guting district, drawing on the material in her recent book,『在台灣尋找Y字路／台湾、Y字路さがし』（2017年、玉山社).
The Todai and Kyudai groups were graciously hosted by officers at the headquarters of the Democratic Progressive Party, and at the Taiwan Foundation for Democracy, where we had the opportunity to learn about and discuss Taiwanese democracy (and the role of democracy promotion in ROC diplomacy) and the current political agenda on the island. We also had a discussion with the Taipei Bureau Chief of the Yomiuri Shimbun, Makinoda Toru, who talked about his extensive experience reporting from both Taiwan and mainland China.
The visit concluded with a symposium at National Taiwan University at which students from Todai, Kyudai, NTU and Tamkang University discussed `differences between Japan and Taiwan`. It emerged that one of the more striking differences between the Japanese and Taiwanese students related to their level political awareness and engagement - giving all concerned much cause for reflection.
The students found this trip an immensely rewarding experience, and it provides an excellent basis for planning field trips for future years, when we will be taking larger groups to Taiwan.
From February 26 to March 2, 2018, Professor Naoya Yamazaki (山崎 直也) of Teikyo University (帝京大学) visited Kyushu University to deliver an intensive course on Contemporary Taiwanese Society and Politics to our students. Prof. Yamazaki discussed a range of significant and contentious aspects of Taiwan's current predicament - setting this in historical context, and paying particular attention to ongoing debates over culture and identity, and their political ramifications.
From February 5-9, 2018, Dr, Lin Tzu-bin of National Taiwan Normal University visited Kyushu University to deliver an intensive course on `Education in Taiwan: System, Policies and Issues.` The course provided an overview of the recent history of Taiwan's education system, and an introduction to some of the more contentious aspects of recent debates over educational reform. Dr. Lin, who gained experience of studying and working in England and Singapore before taking up his current position at NTNU, discussed the case of Taiwan in comparative perspective, inviting students to explore parallels with recent developments in Japan and elsewhere.
A two-day public symposium (in Japanese) featuring talks by:
Tony Lo (Former CEO, Giant Global Group)
Giant Cycling World
Nojima Tsuyoshi (journalist, former Taipei bureau chief for the Asahi Shimbun)
Hitoto Tae (essayist)
九大人社系コロキアム （Inter-disciplinary colloquium）:
民主化以降の台湾アイデンティティ形成（The formation of Taiwanese Identity after democratization.）
(To be delivered in Japanese)
Taiwan is an ethnically and culturally diverse island whose have long been asking themselves “who are we?” As Taiwan has democratized since the 1980s, the answers to this question have changed considerably. In this talk, I will analyze the historical background to this shifting identity discourse, focusing especially on the influence of former Taiwanese President Lee Teng-hui.
前原志保：九州大学人間環境学研究院 台湾スタディーズプロジェクト学術研究員。主な研究テーマは、東アジアのナショナリズム、台湾のナショナル・アイデンティティ、台湾と朝鮮半島の日本統治時代比較とそこに繋がる対日感情など。昨年台湾総統に就任した蔡英文の二冊の本「蔡英文 新時代の台湾へ」(2016)、「蔡英文自伝 台湾初の女性総統が歩んだ道」(2017)（共に白水社）の日本語版翻訳を手がける。
The launch of Kyushu University's new Taiwan Studies Program was announced by Consul-General Mr. Rong Yee-jung, Head of the Taiwanese Trade Office in Fukuoka, at the ROC National Day celebrations at the Okura Hotel, Hakata, on October 6, 2017.