About Taiwan Studies
As a world-leading institution with a strong focus on Asia, the ANU has long valued Taiwan Studies. The Taiwan Studies program is committed to enhancing the understanding of Taiwan, one of Australia’s most important neighbors.
Taiwan is a dynamic society where complicated colonial pasts echo in the thriving multicultural democracy of today. Beyond being a fascinating East Asian case study, Taiwan is worthy of research in and of itself. The study of Taiwan offers students multiple perspectives on language, colonialism, the Cold War, religion, the transition from authoritarianism to democracy, social movements, cinema, literature, art, music, economic growth, and so on. Studying Taiwan is an exciting, essential and eye-opening element of studying Asia.
Who We Are
A number of academics who have produced important research on Taiwan have studied at ANU, including Gary Klintworth, John Makeham, Chen Jie, Miriam Lang, Jeremy Taylor and Scott Pacey.
We also have a number of PhD candidates studying aspects of Taiwan such as religious history, social movements, contemporary politics and cross-Straits relations. In addition, many students come from Taiwan to the ANU to further their education.
We look forward to you joining us and discovering why ANU is the best place in Australia to study Taiwan.
'There was a striking similarity between the making of this Formosan [Taiwanese] character and that of the Australian. In each case the early migrants had to face the inclemencies of Nature and dare the dangers of an inhospitable land… Gradually there developed those feuds which stained the history of the island with much blood… The early histories of Formosa and the Australian settlers run in parallel lines.'
W.G. Goddard, Formosa: A Study in Chinese History (London: Macmillan, 1965), xii-xiii.
Taiwan focused Courses
- ASIA 2072/6072 Taiwan: History and Culture
- ASIA 2078/6078 Arts in Contemporary Taiwan (an intensive in-country course to Taiwan)
- ASIA 2073/6073 Chinese Calligraphy: History and Practice
- ASIA 3051/6151 Archaeology in Asia (an intensive in-country course to Taiwan or China)
ANU has a number of exchange partners in Taiwan, including:
More information is available from ANU Global Programs.
Other useful links:
- The Australian Taiwan Research and Language Association 澳洲臺灣研究與語言學會 has many links about connections between the two countries and study opportunities
- Asia Options has a growing number of resources about studying in Taiwan
- A portal full of information about studying in Taiwan
Depending on your status, there are a range of possible sources of funding for Taiwan studies:
- Taiwan Australian National University Scholarship (For Taiwanese students)
- Taiwan Scholarship and Huayu Enrichment Scholarship Program (For non-Taiwanese students)
- The New Colombo Plan. This initiative of the Australian Government provides support to Australian students studying overseas, including to Taiwan.
- Center for Chinese Studies Research Grant (for non-Taiwanese scholars)
- The Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange
- Ministry of Education Short Term Research Award (for non-Taiwanese scholars)
- Taiwan Fellowship (for non-Taiwanese scholars)
- The APEC Education Portal provides information on scholarship and internship opportunities
- Internships in Taiwan
The ANU holds a fantastic collection of resources on Taiwan, many of which are online:
Here are some of our favourite videos relevant to the study of Taiwan:
- ‘Taiwan: The View from the South’ was an international conference held at ANU in January 2015
- The Ricci Institute in Taipei has a massive archive of short movies and interviews, most related to Taiwan
- Footage of old Taiwan
- US military videos from the 1950s
- Campus folk songs (an important music movement that began in the early 1970s)
- A collection of songs from throughout Taiwan’s history
- Taiwan POP 台灣流行音樂 T-POP music (chart hits from the biggest stars of today)
These are some of the best places to find online material about Taiwan:
- Journal - Taiwan in Comparative Perspective
- Based in Hong Kong and one of the best journals on contemporary China, China Perspectives includes important research on Taiwan
- Based at ANU’s Australian Centre on China in the World, The China Story includes much research on Taiwan
- The China Policy Institute Blog at the University of Nottingham has a strong emphasis on Taiwan
- The Diplomat has regular articles about Taiwan’s military and strategic situation
- New Bloom Magazine offers bi-lingual news on politics and culture in Taiwan
- A good range of current issues are covered at Thinking Taiwan [note: it is funded by Tsai Ying-wen’s foundation]
- This collection of e-books includes some important works about Taiwan
- The Taiwan Documents Project (TDP) contains the largest collection of documents on the Internet relating to the legal status and international relations of Taiwan
- Frozen Garlic is an important blog about Taiwan’s elections and political culture
- solidarity.tw has English translations of recent news reports
- European Association of Taiwan Studies
- North American Taiwan Studies Association