Taiwan Studies Group

The Taiwan Studies Group (TSG) is a working group that brings together scholars and students who are interested in studying Taiwan through diverse methodological and disciplinary approaches. Aiming to enhance the understanding of Taiwan, we have a regular monthly series of brown bag lunch meetings for members and interested scholars to share ideas and experiences related to studying Taiwan. We also invite researchers, artists, and scientists to present in our Speaker Series to foster intellectual and scholarly conversations. With the growing community of Taiwan specialists at Simon Fraser University and in the Greater Vancouver Area, the group promises to serve as a vehicle to meet the professional interests of scholars from different fields.

We encourage faculty members, students, academics, and scholars who are working on or studying Taiwan to join as members. We particularly encourage scholars and students to present their works in progress and share innovative ideas and newly-discovered sources with our members. All disciplines and themes are welcome, including topics pertaining to the recent events in Taiwan. We also organize collective reading and discussion of new books, films, and fictions.

To join our group, please send an email to the Director, Dr. Weiting Guo (weitingg@sfu.ca).

2018-2019 Events


Wednesday, October 10, 2018 | 1:30-3:00 | AQ6229 | SFU Burnaby Campus
Dr. Yan-Wen Lei (Harvard University, Assistant Professor): "The Contentious Public Sphere: Law, Media, and Authoritarian Rule in China" *Click here for event poster.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018 | 1:30-3:00 | 2270 Sauder Industries Policy Room, SFU Harbour Centre
Dr. Shiho Maehara (Kyushu University, Research Assistant Professor of Taiwan Studies Project): "The Formation of Taiwanese Identity after Democratization" *Click here for event poster.


Thursday, November 1, 2018 | 1:00-2:30 | 1530 Canadian Pacific Lecture Room, SFU Harbour Centre
Dr. Sida Liu (University of Toronto, Assistant Professor of Sociology and Law): "The Loyalty Marathon: Career Norms and Choices in Taiwan Law Firms" *Click here for event poster.

Monday, November 5, 2018 | 1:30-3:00 | SFU Burnaby AQ 6229  Michael Jacobson (King County, WA, Office of Performance, Strategy And Budget), "Indigenous Taiwan: Traditional Knowledge Navigating Modernity" Click here for event poster.

Tuesday, November 20, 2018 | 1:30-3:00 | SFU Burnaby AQ 6229  Dr. Kun-hui Ku (National Tsing Hua University, Associate Professor of Anthropology), "Hierarchy and Egalitarianism in Austronesia Taiwan: A Case Study of the Paiwan" *Click here for event poster.

Monday, November 26, 2018 | 1:30-3:00 | SFU Burnaby AQ 6229  Dr. Ashley Esarey (University of Alberta, Academic Advisor at the China Institute): "‘Struggle for 100% Freedom’: The Legacy of Nylon Cheng and Taiwan’s Democratization" *Click here for event poster.


Monday, February 11, 2019 | 2:30-4:00 | SFU Burnaby AQ 6229  Dr. Hsiao-ting Lin (Hoover Institution Archives, Stanford University, Research Fellow and Curator of the Modern China Collection), "Fissures in the Historical Terrain: Revisit the Cold War in East Asia in the Hoover Archives" *Click here for event poster.

2017-2018 Events

Inauguration & First Group Meeting:

Friday, September 29, 2017|  11:00-12:30 | AQ6229 | SFU Burnaby Campus
Inaugural Speech by Professor Weiting Guo: "Why Study Taiwan? Directions and Commitments of Taiwan Studies Group"


Friday, October 27, 2017 | 11:00am | Room 2270 | SFU Harbour Centre Campus
Nick Stember (Los Angeles Review of Books China Channel, Commissioning Editor): "Telling Tales: Tradition and Historiography in Taiwanese Comics" *Click here for event poster.

*Click here for TSG member Maggie Ka-ying Tsang's report on Dr. Cheng-pang Lee's Talk.


Friday, November 17, 2017 | 11:00-12:30 | AQ6229 | SFU Burnaby Campus
Dr. Stevan Harrell (University of Washington, Emeritus Professor): "Reflections on a Half-Century of Experience with Taiwan" *Click here for event poster.

Friday, November 24, 2017 | 11-12:30 | Room 1600 | SFU Harbour Centre Campus
Dr. Tony Tai-Ting Liu (National Chung Hsing University, Postdoctoral Fellow): "Neo-colonialism or Cultural Infatuation? Japan as an Alternative Angle for Understanding Taiwan." *Click here for event poster.


Thursday, January 25, 2018 | 10:30 am - 12:00 pm | AQ6229 | SFU Burnaby Campus
Collective reading session on Hsiao-ting Lin’s Accidental State: Chiang Kai-shek, the United States, and the Making of Taiwan (Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2016)


Monday, February 5, 2018 | 3:00 - 4:30PM | Academic Quadrangle AQ 6229 | SFU Burnaby Campus 
Dr. Louis Lo (National Taipei University of Technology, Associate Professor), "Enduring the Long Take: Tsai Ming-liang’s Stray Dogs (2013) and the Dialectical Image" *Click here for event poster.

Friday, February 9, 2018 | 2:00 - 3:30PM | 1600 Canfor Policy Room | SFU Harbour Centre Campus 
Dr. Chengpang Lee (Harvard Kennedy School, Postdoctoral Fellow; National University of Singapore, Assistant Professor), "Crowdfunding the Hospital: Why Tzu-Chi’s Hospital Project Succeeded but Other Grassroots Hospital Projects Failed?" *Click here for event poster.


Tuesday, March 13, 2018 | 3:30 - 5:00 pm | 2270 Sauder Industries Policy Room | SFU Harbour Centre
Dr. John Chung-En Liu (Occidental College, Assistant Professor), "Public Understanding of Climate Change in China and Taiwan" *Click here for event poster.


Monday, May 28, 2018 | 1:30 - 3:00 pm | AQ 6106 | SFU Burnaby
Dr. Yun Xia (Valparaiso University, Associate Professor), "The Bamboo Union: Romance, History and Politics"
*Click here for event poster.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018 | 11:30am to 1:00 pm | AQ 6229 | SFU Burnaby
Dr. Tadashi Ishikawa (Oregon State University, Postdoctoral Fellow), "Gendering Masculinity: Taiwanese Households and the Japanese Colonial Courts" *Click here for event poster.



Jeremy Brown, History (SFU)

Janice Matsumura, History (SFU)

Weiting Guo, History (SFU)

Shuyu Kong, Humanities (SFU)

Paul Crowe, Humanities (SFU)

Michael Hathaway, Sociology & Anthropology, David Lam Centre (SFU)

Cindy Patton, Sociology & Anthropology (SFU)

Helen Hok-Sze Leung, Gender, Sexuality & Women's Studies (SFU)

Irene Pang, International Studies (SFU)

Josephine Chiu-Duke, Asian Studies (UBC)

HsingChi von Bergmann, Dentistry (UBC)

Owen Lo, Educational and Counselling Psychology, and Special Education (UBC)

Stevan Harrell, Anthropology (University of Washington)

Yidan Zhu, Sociology (University of Toronto Mississauga)

Dominic Meng-Hsuan Yang, History (University of Missouri)

Yun Xia, History (Valparaiso University)

Timothy Rich, Political Science (Western Kentucky University)


Yifan Shi, History (SFU)

Songwei He, History (SFU)

Harry Deng, History (SFU)

Jifeng Li, History (SFU)

Chengyang Jiang, History (SFU)

Maggie Ka-ying Tsang, Humanities (SFU)

Yi Chien Jade Ho, Education (SFU)

Audrey Xu, Economics (SFU)

Alex Fang, Physics (SFU)

Ting-Chun Kuo, Oceans and Fisheries (UBC)

Szu Shen, English (UBC)

Other Members

Sian Hsiang-Te Tsuei, Resident Doctor (UBC Public Health and Preventive Medicine)

Justin Kwan, Post-Graduate Research Fellow (Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada)


Weiting Guo, History (SFU)


Andrew James Wong, History (SFU)


Sponsored by the David Lam Centre for International Communication

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