ANT 324L • Taiwan: History, Society & Culture-W
5:00 PM-6:30 PM
This course is an interdisciplinary introduction to the peoples and cultures of Taiwan. Taiwan has been a flashpoint for US relations with China since 1950, and tensions have been building again since 1995. To understand the emotional and difficult question of Taiwan's status and identity, we need to understand not only the international political issues, but Taiwan?s own fascinating, often violent history, its rich and diverse culture, its vibrant (but capricious) economy, as well as recent trends and events (e.g., globalization, democratization, and environmental degradation) that are of particular concern to the people of Taiwan today. Readings include writings by anthropologists, historians, political scientists, and others, as well as selected fiction, films, and popular literature.