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Edition 17, February 2024

Taiwan and its margins

INTRODUCTION: Taiwan – Re-articulations of Politics and Culture in a Marginal State

This edition offers a compelling purview of the change and continuity that has defined and redefined Taiwan in its marginal state.

  • Dr Craig Smith

From Cold War shadows to democratic diplomacy: Navigating Taiwan-Australia relations

The Australia-Taiwan story is one of shared democratic values and interconnected diasporic communities.

Indigeneity, Localism, Sinophobia and the Politics of Apology in Taiwan, Hawai’i and Aotearoa New Zealand

The similarities and contrasts of lands where Austronesian peoples have been subordinated to outsiders who have sought to localise themselves.

Political Packaging in Taiwan: The Case of Ko Wen-je (柯文哲)

Ko Wen-je (柯文哲) is a master at building an image of himself as a political ‘outsider’ and an iconic leader.

Book Review

‘One China, Many Taiwans: The Geopolitics of Cross-Strait Tourism’, by Ian Rowen

Can cross-strait travel between mainland China and Taiwan be used to promote Beijing’s view that Taiwan is Chinese territory and to push for unification?

Edition 17, February 2024

Taiwan and its margins

Taiwan’s first woman president: The paradox of Tsai Ing-wen

Tsai is a symbol of what Taiwan has become: a flourishing democracy that has shown itself capable of electing a woman as president.

Re-reading Ta-wei Chi’s queer stories from 1990s Taiwan 30 years on

The place of queer literature from Taiwan in mainland China—its publication, circulation, and reception—has received little attention.

Are Taiwanese people our ‘family’? China’s cultural representations of Taiwan

Chinese film and literature shows that ordinary Chinese people’s view of Taiwan are not as homogeneous as often assumed.

INTERVIEW: The revival of indigenous culture and language in Taiwan: An indigenous leader’s perspective

'How am I going to face our ancestors who might ask why our culture disappeared? It is a fear that my own ethnicity will cease to exist.'

How Indigenous peoples in Taiwan continue to reclaim their lands rights despite 400 years of colonisation

Indigenous peoples in Taiwan have survived 400 years of colonialisation and continue to thrive while asserting their land rights.

Taiwan: A battlefield for cyberwar and disinformation

Actions that undermine democracy and create instability within Taiwan should be seen through a national security lens.

Taiwan literature in Japanese: works of colonial, diasporic and contemporary writers

Chinese has been the most dominant language in Taiwan for most of the last 400 years, but the historical significance of Japanese is profound.

Special Analysis

WEBINAR: Taiwan and Australia in the 21st Century

What do we need to know about the conflict between China and Taiwan, and how can we understand Taiwan in relation to Australia?

Podcasts: Ear to Asia