Reconsidering Taiwan: Aborigines, Colonial Rulers and Democratization, with Bruce Jacobs
Part of the Taiwan Forum Series
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
The Elliott School of International Affairs
Chung-wen Shih Conference Room, 1957 E Street, NW; Suite 503
Washington, DC 20052
This Event is Off the Record
Space is Limited!
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Taiwan has a contested history. Research demonstrates the historical arguments of Chiang Kai-shek and Chiang Ching-kuo as well as the Chinese Communists regarding Taiwan are deeply flawed. When the Dutch came to Taiwan in 1624, no permanent Han Chinese communities existed on Taiwan; it was the Dutch who imported Chinese labor. Colonial goverment is rule by outsiders and Taiwan lived under six successive colonial governments from 1624 until 1988. During this period of time, the only Han Chinese government based on the Chinese mainland to rule Taiwan was the Chinese Nationalist authoritarian regime during the Chinese Civil War (1945-1949). In fact, this was Taiwan's greatest time of sorrow. This history has important implications for Taiwan's current identity and has significance for how world powers should treat Taiwan today.
Bruce Jacobs holds the chair professorship of Asian Languages and Studies at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. After completing his BA degree at Columbia University, he first went to Taiwan as a postgraduate student in history at National Taiwan University in 1965. He conducted his Columbia University PhD research in rural Taiwan in 1971-1973. Professor Jacobs' recent books include Local Politics in Rural Taiwan under Dictatorship and Democracy (Norwalk, CT: EastBridge, 2008) and Democratizing Taiwan (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2012). In addition, he has published over seventy refereed journal articles and book chapters as well as numerous book reviews and opinion columns.
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