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Dr. Martha Selby, Chair 120 INNER CAMPUS DR STOP G9300 WCH 4.134 78712-1251 • 512-471-5811

Fall 2006

ANS 361 • Taiwan: History, Society and Culture

Unique Days Time Location Instructor
31175 MW
5:00 PM-6:30 PM

Course Description

This course introduces the history, culture, political institution, and economy 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 varied local culture, its vibrant economy, as well as recent trends and events (e.g., globalization, democratization, and environmental degradation) that are of particular concern to the Taiwanese themselves. Readings include writings by anthropologists, historians, political scientists, and others, as well as selected fiction, films, and popular literature.

Grading Policy

Attendance and participation 10% Five Quizzes 15% Two Mid-term Exams 75%


Course Reader prepared by the instructor David Jordan. Johanna Meskill. Gods, Ghosts, and Ancestors: Folk Religion in a Taiwanese Village A Chinese Pioneer Family: The Lins of Wu-Feng Murray Rubenstein. Taiwan 1729-1895 Marjorie Wolf. A New History Women and the Family in Rural Taiwan


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