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2020

You are invited to come to a free film screening of the Taiwanese Film, Girlfriend, Boyfriend “女朋友男朋友” hosted by the Center for Taiwan Studies (CTS) and the Taiwan Students Association (TSA)

When: Sunday, March 8 @5:00 PM

Where: Multicultural Center (MCC) at UCSB

There will be free pizza and refreshments provided for your enjoyment! If you are interested, please like the event here on Facebook. See you all there!

 

January - March

CTS Visiting Scholars Program Lecture Series: All Lectures will take place at South Hall, Room 1430 from 2:00–3:15 P.M.(Monday and Wednesday)

Date:  January 15, 2020 

Speaker: Alenda Chang, Associate Professor in the Department of Film and Media Studies at University of California, Santa Barbara

Lecture Title: “Video Games in Taiwan as Evidence of Cross-Strait Relations?”

 

Date:  January 22, 2020 

Speaker: Guo-Juin Hong, Associate Professor in the Department of  Asian and Middle Eastern Studies and Arts of the Moving Image at Duke University

Lecture Title: “Murmurs of Youth: Initiation as Historical Retrospection in Taiwan Cinema”

 

Date:  January 27, 2020 

Speaker: Tun-jen Cheng, Professor in the Department of Government at the College of William and Mary

Lecture Title: “Taiwan’s Democratization: How Did It Come About?”

 

Date:  January 29, 2020 

Speaker: Tun-jen Cheng, Professor in the Department of Government at the College of William and Mary

Lecture Title: “Taiwan’s Political and Economic Development in Comparative Perspective”

 

Date:  February 3, 2020 

Speaker: Lingchei Letty Chen, Associate Professor of Modern Chinese Literature in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Washington University in St. Louis

Lecture Title:  “Remembering China: Taiwan’s Anticommunist Literature of the 1950s and 1960s”

 

Date:  February 5, 2020 

Speaker: Fang-yu Li, Assistant Professor of Chinese Language and Culture in the Division of Humanities at the New College of Florida

Lecture Title: “On Happiness Road: Identity Formation in 21st Century Taiwan”

 

Date:  February 10, 2020 

Speaker: Tun-jen Cheng, Professor in the Department of Government at the College of William and Mary

Lecture Title: “Political Discontents in Taiwan and South Korea”

 

Date:  February 12, 2020 

Speaker: Tun-jen Cheng, Professor in the Department of Government at the College of William and Mary

Lecture Title: “Is Democratization in Taiwan Replicable in China?”

 

Date:  February 19, 2020 

Speaker: Terence Russell, Senior Scholar in the Asian Studies Centre at the University of Manitoba

Lecture Title: “Introduction to the Indigenous peoples of Taiwan”

 

Date:  February 24, 2020 

Speaker: Terence Russell, Senior Scholar in the Asian Studies Centre at the University of Manitoba

Lecture Title: “Natives and Nationalism in Taiwan”

 

Date:  February 26, 2020 

Speaker: Terence Russell, Senior Scholar in the Asian Studies Centre at the University of Manitoba

Lecture Title: “Indigenous Encounters with the Modern State in Taiwan”

 

Date:  March 2, 2020 

Speaker: Yao-Yuan Yeh, Assistant Professor of International Studies at the University of St. Thomas

Lecture Title: “Religious and Cultural Foundation in Taiwan: Confucianism, Taoism, Buddhism, and Folk Religions.”

 

Date:  March 4, 2020 

Speaker: Julia Huang, Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Anthropology at DePaul University

Lecture Title: “Taiwan Buddhism on the Globe”

 

Date:  March 9, 2020 

Speaker: Julia Huang, Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Anthropology at DePaul University

Lecture Title: “Dying to Give: Modern Buddhism and Donation to Science in Taiwan”

 


Unfortunately, the Lunar New Year Celebration was cancelled.

Come Celebrate Chinese New Year! This special event will take place on Thursday, February 6, 2020 from 5:30-8:30 PM. It well be held on campus at Loma Pelona 1108 Flyer (PDF)

UCSB students taking Chinese language classes should purchase their tickets from their Chinese teacher in East Asian Studies Department.

For all others: purchase tickets at the Confucius Institute Office, HSSB 2220, or email: Confucius-staff@eastasian.ucsb.edu

There will be music, dancing, poetry readings, raffle prizes, and skits from UCSB Chinese language students and students from China (in CSSA), and buffet-style Chinese dishes for meat-lovers and vegetarians, provided by Madam Lu's Restaurant.

Happy Year of the Rat!

 


 “Memory, Agency and Posthumanity in Taiwanese Literature, Visual Culture, and Performance Body” 

To be held on February 2 at UCSB HSSB 2252.

With the support of the University of California Humanities Research Institute (UCHRI) and Center for Taiwan Studies at UCSB, we are pleased to conduct our second meeting of the graduate student working group entitled “Memory, Agency and Posthumanity in Taiwanese Literature, Visual Culture, and Performance Body.” 

 
We will each present our ongoing project for ten to fifteen minutes and then invite our distinguished guests, Proffesor Lingchei Letty Chen (Washington University in St. Louis) and Proffesor Fang-Yu Li (New College of Florida), to comment on our projects. Finally, we will invite everyone to join for a further discussion. Coffee and pastries will be served.
 

Happy New Year! TSA (UCSB Taiwanese Students Association) will be having a Hot Pot event on 1/26! Come celebrate the Lunar New Year with friends!

Quick Details:
Time: 1/26 (Sun) 6:30-9:00 PM
Venue: SRB
Fee: Venmo $13 before 1/20 per person, or pay $15 on the day of the event
*Please register by filling out this google form by 1/23!
https://forms.gle/NyTNPAgfvBTK6J4N9

 


2019


The Test of Chinese as a Foreign Language (TOCFL) will be held at UCSB on Saturday, April 13, 2019 from 10:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M. Flyer (PDF)

Here is some information for those already registered to take the TOCFL exam:

Please arrive before 9:50 A.M. to ensure we can begin the test on time. The test will go from 10:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.

Locations (based on the level of the exam you chose to take):

-Novice is at HSSB 2231  -Band A is at HSSB 2252  -Band B is at HSSB 4041 -Band C is at HSSB 4020

Mock tests can be found at http://www.tw.org/tocfl

Good luck on the test!

 

Date: Wednesday, February 13, from 5-6:15 PM @HSSB Room 2252

At the lecture of Obscured History, Romanticised Memory, Professor Liza Wing Man Kam spoke about concepts of heritage, history and memory through investigating three urban scenarios and Hengchun— an extremely popular tourist sightseeing spot known as ‘Aka’s House’ fabricated after the popular Cape No. 7 film and its sequel; the discreet and non-captioned/explained Japanese colonial relics laying all over the old town; and the Western Gate of the Old Town embedded with its obscured history of the thousands of Taiwanese soldiers called into the army to fight for the Japanese during the Second World War. Event Brochure (PDF)

 

Date: Friday, February 1, 7:00 P.M.

We had a screening of the Taiwanese film, “Forever Love” on Friday, February 1, 7:00 P.M. at the Student Resources Building, Multipurpose Room!  Event Brochure (PDF) 

 

Date: Thursday, January 24 - Saturday, January 26, 2019

The Center for Taiwan Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, hosted a conference in collaboration with the BK21 Plus Education & Research Group for Chinese & Japanese Language and Culture, Korea University. It was held on January 24-26, 2019, at UCSB. The conference explored literatures written in Chinese that have developed in East Asia and under the influences of the Chinese cultural sphere in the past as well as widely spread over the world today since the last century. Event Brochure (PDF)

 


2018


 

 

Date: Thursday, October 18, 2018 

Speaker: John Fuh-sheng Hsieh, Professor in the Department of Political Science, University of South Carolina

Lecture Title:  “Equilibrium (or Lack Thereof) in the U.S.-China-Taiwan Relations”

This talk explored the roles played by China, Taiwan, and the U.S. in the cross-Strait relations, and demonstrated how the unitary actor model has to be modified in order to account for the dynamics of this triangular relationship. It is shown that when the moderate Kuomintang (KMT), a subnational actor, gains the governing power in Taiwan, it is the median voter in the cross-Strait relations game at the international level, while as a non-traditional KMT (like the KMT in the later years of President Lee Teng-hui’s term in office) or the Democratic Progressive Party is in power, it is the U.S. that becomes the median voter. Equilibrium differs, depending upon which party is in power in Taiwan.   

Event Brochure (PDF)

 


2019


The Test of Chinese as a Foreign Language (TOCFL) will be held at UCSB on Saturday, April 13, 2019 from 10:00 A.M.-12:00 P.M. Flyer (PDF)

Here is some information for those already registered to take the TOCFL exam:

Please arrive before 9:50 A.M. to ensure we can begin the test on time. The test will go from 10:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.

Locations (based on the level of the exam you chose to take):

-Novice is at HSSB 2231  -Band A is at HSSB 2252  -Band B is at HSSB 4041 -Band C is at HSSB 4020

Mock tests can be found at http://www.tw.org/tocfl

Good luck on the test!

 

Date: Wednesday, February 13, from 5-6:15 PM @HSSB Room 2252

At the lecture of Obscured History, Romanticised Memory, Professor Liza Wing Man Kam spoke about concepts of heritage, history and memory through investigating three urban scenarios and Hengchun— an extremely popular tourist sightseeing spot known as ‘Aka’s House’ fabricated after the popular Cape No. 7 film and its sequel; the discreet and non-captioned/explained Japanese colonial relics laying all over the old town; and the Western Gate of the Old Town embedded with its obscured history of the thousands of Taiwanese soldiers called into the army to fight for the Japanese during the Second World War. Event Brochure (PDF)

 

Date: Friday, February 1, 7:00 P.M.

We had a screening of the Taiwanese film, “Forever Love” on Friday, February 1, 7:00 P.M. at the Student Resources Building, Multipurpose Room!  Event Brochure (PDF) 

 

Date: Thursday, January 24 - Saturday, January 26, 2019

The Center for Taiwan Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara, hosted a conference in collaboration with the BK21 Plus Education & Research Group for Chinese & Japanese Language and Culture, Korea University. It was held on January 24-26, 2019, at UCSB. The conference explored literatures written in Chinese that have developed in East Asia and under the influences of the Chinese cultural sphere in the past as well as widely spread over the world today since the last century. Event Brochure (PDF)