The Formation of Taiwanese Identity After Democratization

October 16, 2018

Taiwan is an ethnically and culturally diverse island whose have long been asking themselves “who are we?” As Taiwan has democratized since the 1980s, the answers to this question have changed considerably. In this talk, Shiho will analyze the historical background to this shifting identity discourse, focusing especially on the influence of former Taiwanese President Lee Teng-hui.


Shiho Maehara is a Research Assistant Professor of Taiwan Studies Project at Kyushu University, Japan. She received a BA in East Asian Studies from the University of British Columbia, Canada, an MA in Chinese Studies from the University of Leeds, United Kingdom and holds a PhD in Law from National Taiwan University, where she researched the conceptualization of national identity in the political discourse of President Lee Teng-hui during 1990s.

Her research interests involve Nationalism in East Asia, National Identity issues in Taiwan, Taiwan and Korea under Japanese rules and Taiwanese and Korean sentiment toward Japan. She recently translated two books by the Taiwanese president Tsai Ing-wen in Japan.


Tuesday, October 16, 2018

1:30 - 3:00pm

SFU Harbour Centre
515 West Hastings, Vancouver
2270 Sauder Industries Policy Room

Please register here.

  • SFU David Lam Centre
  • Taiwan Studies Group, Department of History