Fall Newsletter 2021

by Sabine Frühstück, Interim Director

Dear Friends of Taiwan Studies,

I am delighted to share the latest news and information on recent and upcoming CTS activities. This past year, Morgan Christen, a major in Anthropology and minor in German Studies, received the Undergraduate Student Taiwan Studies Writing Award 2021 for her interview and associated paper, “A Tale of Two Taiwans.” The selection committee found her work “exceptionally thoughtful and mature” and deemed the interview “more than worthy to serve as a model for the growing Made in Taiwan archive.” Morgan produced the interview and paper as assignments in the UCSB methods course Anthropology 129, under the guidance of Dr. Silke Werth (Anthropology) in spring. Dr. Werth is teaching the same course again this fall and we are looking forward to more such high-quality contributions. We are also pleased to share that EALCS graduate student Ursula Friedman was the recipient of a CTS Graduate Student Summer Dissertation Research Grant for her project, “Creative Subversion in Self-Translation: Pai Hsien-yung, Ha Jin, Regina Kanyu Wang, and Rosario Ferré.” Congratulations, Morgan and Ursula!

We are looking forward to submissions for the 2022 CTS awards (see information below). 

The CTS team warmly welcomes three new members of the Taiwan Studies community at UCSB. Beth Tsai, Visiting Assistant Professor in Taiwan Studies (EALCS, 2021-22), is teaching two entirely new upper-division courses, “Advanced Readings in Taiwan Literature” (Chin 126A) and “Special Topics in East Asian Studies” (EACS 181A) in fall. Li-Ting Chang, a new graduate student in EALCS with interests in Chinese and Taiwanese Literature as well as Gender Studies, will be assisting with CTS projects throughout the year. And, last but not least, Karanina (Laszlo) Zim, a major in Computer Science and minor in Chinese, will beef up our data management capabilities as CTS Intern. Way to go, team!

We continue a multi-disciplinary series of events this year. In fall, I will present a panel on “Transgressive Taiwan” in the Taiwan Talks series. Moderated by Ian Rowen (Nanyang Technological University, Singapore), the panel will engage in conversation Audrey Tang (Digital Minister of Taiwan), Howard Chiang (UC Davis), and Adam Dedman (University of Melbourne). The Taiwan Studies Workshop—an entirely graduate student-run operation that is currently led by Yi-Yang Cheng (Linguistics) and Linshan Jiang (EALCS)—will feature Andre Goderich’s (National Changhua University of Education) research on “Atayal Reconstruction and Subgrouping” and Chi Ta-wei’s (National Chengchi University) treatment of “Taiwan Queer Literature in the Martial Law Period.” And Hangping Xu and Alenda Chang, curators of Sounds, Screens & Stages from Taiwan, will present Kyle Shernuk’s (Queen Mary University of London) “The Oceanic Epistemology of Syaman Rapongan and Competing Taiwan Identities.” We look forward to seeing many of you back in the CTS zoom box!

As planned, we have launched Made in Taiwan, an archive of childhood memories shared by people who grew up in Taiwan. We are taking Made in Taiwan global this year.

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Spring Newsletter 2021

by Sabine Frühstück, Interim Director

In December 2020, Tu Kuo-Ch’ing, a pioneer in the field of Taiwan Studies and the founder of Center for Taiwan Studies, stepped down as director after seventeen years of service to the Center. I am honored to serve as Interim Director as we expand our activities to increase the Center’s local impact and global visibility. 

This Newsletter reports on the series “Sounds, Screens and Stages from Taiwan,” co-curated by Hangping Xu (EALCS) and Alenda Chang (Film and Media Studies). Looking to Spring, I am also pleased to announce Taiwan Talks, a series of expert panels on the topic of “Taiwan Makes History,” guest-directed by Kirsten Ziomek (Adelphi University), the Taiwan Studies Workshop, a forum organized entirely by graduate students with Taiwan Studies research interests, and new awards for undergraduate and graduate students. 

This is only the beginning of our expanded offerings, as we conceptualize “Made in Taiwan,” a project that is part undergraduate research, part global community outreach, designed to create an e-archive of childhood memories about growing up in Taiwan (thus “Made in Taiwan”). 

Lastly, I am delighted to announce the new CTS website’s design, created by Angela Borda (CTS), along with a new logo designed by Angela Pasagui, an undergraduate student in UCSB’s Art Department.

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