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Jacqueline Jones, Chair 128 Inner Campus Dr., Stop B7000, GAR 1.104 Austin, TX 78712-1739 • 512-471-3261

Spring 2010


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Course Description

Contemporary Taiwan's claims of an ethnic identity distinct from the Chinese mainland refer to a history of multiple colonizations and migrations both to and from the island. This course will explore questions of ethnicity, empire, and modernization in east Asia from the 16th century to the present through encounters between aborigines, Han Chinese, Dutch, Portuguese, the imperial Qing, Japanese, mainlander KMT, and the United States on Taiwan.

Grading Policy

30% Class attendance and discussion 40% Written and research assignments 30% Examinations


Melissa Brown, Is Taiwan Chinese?: The Impact of Culture, Power, and Migration on Changing Identities Scott Simon, Sweet and Sour: Life-Worlds of Taipei Women Entrepreneurs Leo Ching, Becoming Japanese: Colonial Taiwan and the Politics of Identity Formation Emma Teng, Taiwan's Imagined Geography: Chinese Colonial Travel Writing and Pictures, 1683-1895 Murray Rubinstein, Taiwan: A New History


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