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Monday, 9th May

2016 Chuan Lyu Lectures in Taiwan Studies

Dr WU Rwei-Ren (吳 叡 人)
Institute of Taiwan History, Academia Sinica, Taiwan

Quo Vadis Formosa?
The Dilemma of Taiwan

First Lecture

  • Monday, 9th May, 2016
    5pm in Rooms 8 & 9 (Ground Floor)
    Faculty of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies (Sidgwick Site)
    Pariah Manifesto, or the Moral Significance of the Taiwanese Tragedy

This is a historical and philosophical reflection on Taiwan’s geo-political predicament. Taiwan as a nation-state was formed through its geo-political position as the interface between multiple imperial centers in Northeast Asia, and the same geo-political structure now forbids its completion as a fully sovereign nation-state. Excluded from the UN’s sovereign-state system and caught in the structural conflict between the US and China, Taiwan as a pariah in international politics has little control over its external environments. The only redemption left for the island nation is to work from within and to build a just polis in an unjust world.

Dr WU Rwei-RenDr WU Rwei-Ren (吳 叡 人) is an associate research fellow of the Institute of Taiwan History at Academia Sinica, Taiwan, and an adjunct professor at National Tsinghua University in Hsinchu, Taiwan. Among his many writings He is the author of “Toward a Pragmatic Nationalism: Democratization and Taiwan’s Passive Revolution,” in Stéphane Corcuff , ed., Memories of the Future: National Identity Issues and the Search for a New Taiwan (M.E.Sharpe, 2002) and “Redeeming the Pariah, Redeeming the Past: Some Taiwanese Reflections on the Murayama Statement," in Kazuhiko Togo, ed., Japan and Reconciliation in Post-war Asia: The Murayama Statement and Its Implications (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013). He has also translated Benedict Anderson’s Imagined Communities: reflections on the origin and spread of nationalism (Verso, 1991, 2006) into Chinese (China Times Publishing Co., 1999, 2010). Throughout his academic career he has published extensively in both Chinese and Japanese on the modern political and intellectual histories of Taiwan and Japan, with emphases on themes such as nationalism, state-formation, colonialism, left-wing movement and transitional justice. He is now working on a comparative analysis of nationalism in Taiwan, Okinawa and Hong Kong. The recipient of a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Chicago in 2003, Dr Wu first taught for a year at the School of Political Sciences and Economics of Waseda University in Tokyo and then at the end of 2004 joined Academia Sinica, with which he has since been associated.

The annual Chuan Lyu Lectures in Taiwan Studies is generously funded by the Chuan Lyu Foundation.

For further information, contact:

Dr Adam Yuet Chau
University Senior Lecturer in the Anthropology of Modern China
Faculty of Asian & Middle Eastern Studies