Taiwan: Identity, Media, and Culture Talk at UC Berkeley

Date: Wednesday, April 9, 2014
Time: 3:00 pm
Location: UC Berkeley’s Institute of East Asian Studies Conference Room
Address: 2223 Fulton Street, Sixth Floor, Berkeley, CA
Website: http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/ieas.html?event_ID=75514

Our speaker series on Taiwan: Identity, Media, and Culture will take place Wednesday, April 9, 2014. The speakers are: Cheng-shan Frank Liu, Associate Professor, Institute in Political Science, National Sun Yat-Sen University; Fang-chih Irene Yang, Associate Professor, Department of English, National Dong Hwa University; Ti Wei, Associate Professor, Department of Communication and Technology, National Chiao Tung University. The moderator will be Andrew Jones, East Asian Languages and Cultures, UC Berkeley

Topic: “Are We Family? Taiwanese People’s Chinese Nationalism, Country Identification and Cultural Identification with ‘China'”
Speaker: Cheng-shan Frank Liu
Description: Liu explores how these entangled factors influence the perception of “China”, particularly the emerging of Chinese nationalism, including discussion of attitudes toward Japan in the recent territory controversy over the control of Diaoyutai (Sankaku) islands.

Topic: “The Politics of Interpreting Inter-Asian TV Dramas in Taiwan: The Cases of Empresses in the Palace and Hanzawa Naoki”
Speaker: Fang-chih Irene Yang
Description: Yang investigates two inter-Asian TV dramas have recently swept over Taiwan and become the focus of national attention: the Chinese costume/historical drama, Empresses in the Palace(後宮甄環傳)and the Japanese Trendy drama, Hanzawa Naoki (半澤直樹), situating them within the political economy of Taiwan as it is caught between Japan and China, and in terms of gender politics.

Topic: “Rethinking the private and the public: Assessing the experience of Taiwan’s media reform movements”
Speaker: Ti Wei
Description: Ti Wei examines the meaning and the significance of ‘publicness’ in Taiwan’s media, and in Taiwan society generally, by reassessing the experience of media reform movements in Taiwan.

The above talks are by 2014 Top University Strategic Alliance fellows. For full descriptions of their talks, please see the website above.

Co-sponsored by the Center for Chinese Studies.

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