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Monday, 13 October 2014 00:00

Trans Pacific Partnership – Risk or Opportunity?


Enrico Cau is an Italian-born Master Candidate at the Graduate Institute of Strategic Studies (GIASS) and a Fellow Researcher at the Center for Advanced Technology (CAT) of Tamkang University. He has a long experience in the areas of translating, interpreting and international affairs, with a specific focus on Asia Pacific issues. Below is his tentative paper on the Trans Pacific Partnership.


Wednesday, 23 November 2011 00:00

CEFC Files: Neighbour of China, Taiwan's Liminality

Stéphane Corcuff is a political scientist trained in Sinology and Geopolitics. When he is not on sabbatical research in Taipei, he is also a professor at Lyon Institute of Political Studies and lecturer at Paris’ National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations. When we visited the CEFC, Taipei branch, Stéphane explained some conclusions from his past research leading up to his current program of study based around identity politics in Taiwan and the geopolitics of Taiwan since the 17th century. He draws a parralel between Zheng Keshuang (鄭克塽) - the grandson of Koxinga (鄭成功) - who was briefly the leader of Taiwan (1681-83), and the incumbent President of the ROC, Ma Ying-jeou. He then uses this historical context to analyse the policies and consequences of the current Kuomintang regime.

Furthermore, for the past 15 years, Stéphane has been conducting research focused on the Mainlander population in Taiwan. His research leads him to consider the Mainlanders not as an ethnic group but a population of distinct collective identifications. Here Stéphane rounds up a tumultuous 20 years for Mainlanders  in Taiwan, since Lee Teng-hui (李登輝) split from the Kuomintang and so called process of 'desinicisation' began, before showing the identity consequences this has had for the 'Mainlanders'.

Stéphane Corcuff's latest book has been published this month "Zhonghua linguo / Neighbor of China. Taiwan's liminality" Taipei, Yunchen, 2011, 250 p. (Chi: Zhonghua linguo. Taiwan yujingxing / Fr: Zhonghua linguo / Pays riverain de la Chine. La liminalité de Taiwan). If you were interested in this content, Stéphane's latest book provides his most comprehensive compiling yet of his research on Taiwan's 'liminality'. Stéphane's publications can be found and downloaded at "Web de la doc" de Sciences-po Lyon or Association Francophone d'Etudes Taiwanaises. Stéphane is committed to bringing a higher level of sensory interactivity into his academia. Below is an interactive multimedia image of his current research program.


Monday, 27 June 2011 00:00

CEFC Files: Industrial Pollution and Public Health

Paul Jobin is the current director of the Taipei branch of the French Centre for Research on Contemporary China (CEFC Taipei). Since majoring in Oriental Studies, Paul Jobin has been researching the link between industrial pollution and public health, first in Japan and then, for the last four years, in Taiwan. His breadth of experience has given him first hand insight on everything from Japan's biggest post-war pollution disease, Minamata, to the nuclear energy question, having personally spent time researching Fukushima and other power plants before the Japan crisis struck in March of this year. He has previously conducted interviews with Japanese and Taiwanese nuclear engineers. Here, Paul Jobin talks to us about his academic background, before introducing the first industrial class actions related to industrial pollution in Taiwan and finally complimenting the successes of activists in recent actions such as the anti-Kuokuang movement:

Paul's experience at Fukushima and Taiwan's nuclear power plants before the disaster happened, has recently made him an important figure in the anti-nuclear struggle. Thus, he was recently requested to take part in a book which collected testimonies mainly from nuclear engineers in Japan, but also those in Taiwan. When we interviewed him he introuduced the book before giving us some insights and anecdotes regarding his experiences.

More info on the book presented by P. Jobin in his interview\

Also read a special issue of the Taiwanese Journal for the Sociology of Science, Technology and Medicine (STM) (introduced by the website 苦勞 (Colloud) -in Chinese)


To see the list of Paul's publications click here


Tuesday, 18 January 2011 19:16

Taiwan: Apart from or a Part of the Pacific Region

Professor Tsang Cheng-Hwa (Institute of History and Philology at the Academia Sinica) discusses the need for researchers to work across disciplines on an international scale towards a more comprehensive understanding of the Pacific and Taiwan's current and future role there.


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