Taiwan has often been characterised as an isolated society in its search for sovereignty and security. Its contact with the world in an era of globalization and post-modernity, however, has increasingly led to Taiwanese actors successfully participating in many regional and global fields.
In this book an international team of scholars presents cases studies and theoretical debates emphasising agency in coping with the effects of globalisation. In so doing, they contest the image of Taiwan’s marginalization and seek to understand it in terms of its connectedness, whether globally, regionally or trans-nationally. Taking a multi-disciplinary, comparative approach, it covers themes such as markets and trading, diplomacy and nation-branding, collective action, media, film and literature, and religious mission. It thus combines perspectives from several disciplines including media studies, sociology, political science, and studies in religion.
Using Taiwan as an example of how to conceptualise connectivity and think differently about comparative studies, this book will be useful for students and scholars of Asian Politics and Cultural Studies, as well as of Taiwan Studies more specifically.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction, Carsten Storm
2. Framing Connectivity: Concepts and the Case of Taiwan, Carsten Storm
Part I Institutions
3. Politics of Repositioning and State Spatiality: From ‘Xiangtu China’ to ‘Oceanic Taiwan’, Bi-yu Chang
4. The Taiwan–EU Economic Relationship: A Channel for Greater Assertiveness?, Bernadette Andreosso-O’Callaghan
5. Science Communication in Taiwan: Rethinking the Local and Global, Ming-Yeh T. Rawnsley and Gary D. Rawnsley
Part II Individuals and Groups
6. Taiwan’s Industrialization Policy in the Era of Globalization: From Sector Specific to Macro Management, Peter C. Y. Chow
7. Across Borders: The Export of Taiwan’s Lingji Practices to Singapore, Fabian Graham
8. The Impact of the Taiwanese LGBTQ Movement in Mainland China with a Specific Focus on the "Chinese Lala Alliance" and "Marriage Equality in Chinese Societies", Jens Damm
Part III Ideas
9. Exporting Values or Exoticizing? Lee Ang and Global Cinema, Carsten Storm
10. The Literary Island: Isolation and Integration as Key Elements in Reading Taiwan Literature, Federica Passi
11. United in Grief – The Individualisation of Death Rituals as Depicted in the Feature Films Seven Days in Heaven, Departures and Death at a Funeral, Birgit Häse
Carsten Storm currently teaches at the Technische Universität Dresden, Germany. He works on Chinese and Taiwanese literature and film and focuses on narrative and aesthetic strategies in creating meaning and coherence.