Taiwan Studies Workshop on

Ecologizing Taiwan: Nature, Society, Culture

October 13, 2018

912 Sproul Hall, UC Davis


Sponsored by

East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University

East Asian Languages and Cultures, University of California, Davis

Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange


Welcome 9:00-9:15


Panel I. 9:15-10:45     Chair: Michael Berry, East Asian Languages and Cultures, UCLA

  1. Ling Zhang, SUNY-Purchase, “Song of Night Fog: Sounding Cheng Yingzhen’s “White Terror Trilogy”
  2. Yu Zhang, Hong Kong Polytechnic University, “Opening Up a Space of Softness in 1979: Reading Pai Hsien-yung’s Fiction in Post-Cultural-Revolution China
  3. Astrid Møller-Olsen, Lund University, Sweden, “Urban Ecologies: The Flora and Fauna of Fictional Taipei”


Tea Break 10:45-11:00


Panel II. 11:00-12:00    Chair: Ming-cheng Lo, Department of Sociology, UC Davis

  1. Ruisheng Zhang, Purdue University, “The Experiences of Taiwan’s Rural Reconstruction from the Perspective of ‘Sino-US Cooperation’ – A Research on the Sino-American Joint Commission on Rural Reconstruction (1948-1979)”
  2. Calvin Hui, William and Mary College, “Between Production and Consumption:
The Chinese Migrant Factory Workers in Documentaries and Ethnographies”


Lunch 12:00-1:00


Panel III. 1:00-2:30     Chair: Sheldon Lu, Comparative Literature, UC Davis

  1. Elizabeth Wijaya, Cornell University, “Three Ecologies of Cinema, Migration, and the Sea: Chiang Wei Liang’s Short Films”
  2. Sijia Yao, University of Nebraska, “The Paradox of Aerial Documentaries: Eco-Gaze and National Vision”
  3. Kyle Shernuk, Harvard University, “The Ecology of Travel
Capitalism, Ethnicity, and the Environment in Dadelavan Ibau’s Farewell, Eagle


Tea Break 2:30-2:45


Panel IV. 2:45-4:30     Chair: David Der-wei Wang, Harvard University

  1. Fangdai Chen, Harvard University, “Writing Surrealism in Colonial Taiwan: Yang Chichang and the World”
  2. Xu Hangping, Middlebury College, “Disability Narratives across the Taiwan Strait in the 1980s”
  3. Pao-Chen Tang, University of Chicago, “The Autistic and the Animal: The Assassin


Free Time 4:30-6:15


Meet in Aggie Inn 6:15


Dinner 6:30-8:00

Tasty Kitchen

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Aggie Inn

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