ATSA Seminar Series
Assessing the Landscape of Taiwan and Korean Studies in Comparison
Date: 20 May, 2021
Time: 7:00 pm AEDT (10:00 am GMT)
At its inaugural event, the Australasian Taiwan Studies Association (ATSA) is proud to launch the last book coedited by late Emeritus Professor Bruce Jacobs, Monash University. Professor Jacobs provided immeasurable contributions to the study of Taiwan. Jung-Sim Kim will offer a few words on Professor Jacobs’ legacy, and co-editors Niki Alsford and Sojin Lim will introduce this fascinating volume with a thoughtful comparison of two pivotal points in the East Asian landscape.
Lennon Chang (ATSA; Monash University)
Niki J.P. Alsford (University of Central Lancashire)
Sojin Lim (University of Central Lancashire)
Jung-Sim Kim (Monash University)
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In Assessing the Landscape of Taiwan and Korean Studies in Comparison, the chapters offer a reflection on the state of the field of Taiwan and Korea Studies. For the editors, the volume’s purpose was to identify not just their similarities, but also a reflection on their differences. Both have national identities formed in a colonial period. The surrender of Japan in 1945 ignited the light of independence for Korea, but this would be ideologically split within five years. For Taiwan, that end forced it into a born-again form of nationalism with the arrival of the Chinese Nationalists. Taiwan and South Korea’s economic development illustrate a progressive transition and are key to understanding the relationship between ‘modernization’ and ‘democracy’. By looking at Korea and Taiwan, the chapters in the volume broaden an understanding of the interconnectivity of the region.
Editors: J. Bruce Jacobs, Niki J.P. Alsford, and Sojin Lim
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