KSCB004 History and Culture of Taiwan

Faculty of Arts
Autumn 2019
Extent and Intensity
2/0/0. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: k (colloquium).
Mgr. Bc. Denisa Hilbertová, M.A. (lecturer)
Mgr. et Mgr. Iva Raclavská, DiS. (assistant)
Guaranteed by
Mgr. et Mgr. Dušan Vávra, Ph.D.
Department of Chinese Studies - Asia Studies Centre - Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Mgr. Bc. Denisa Hilbertová, M.A.
Supplier department: Department of Chinese Studies - Asia Studies Centre - Faculty of Arts
Tue 18:00–19:40 B2.44
Prerequisites (in Czech)
Kurz navyžaduje žádnou předběžnou znalost tématu.
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
The capacity limit for the course is 50 student(s).
Current registration and enrolment status: enrolled: 19/50, only registered: 0/50, only registered with preference (fields directly associated with the programme): 0/50
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
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Course objectives
The course gives a chronological overview of the history of Taiwan and its cultural influences in respective historic era, which recently have particpated in negotiation of Taiwanese identity.
At the end of the course students should be able to:
- identify basic terms, events, and figures of Taiwanese history
- interpret various historical approaches to Taiwan
- demonstrate, how such theoretical concepts, as colonialism or nationalism, expressed in Taiwanese culture
-define how Chinese and Taiwaense identity is negotiated
  • 1. What is Taiwan and how it has been historically represented ; Taiwan's inhabitans
  • 2. Taiwanese Aborigines: division; languages; methodological approaches to Aborigines' study
  • 3. Portugese, Spanish, and Dutch colonization: Taiwan as business crossroad, first written sources, 17th Century colonialism
  • 4. Zheng Chenggong and his Kingdom; Taiwan under Qing dynasty: administration, education, encounters with the West; late/Qing reforms
  • 5. Japanese presence in Taiwan (1895-1937) I: Japanese colonial presence - administration reforms, assimilation policies, architecture
  • 6. Japanese presence in Taiwan (1895-1937) II: Taiwanese response on Japanese colonization: military, cultural, political
  • 7. The Early postwar period Taiwan (1945-1949): reforms, new cultural paradigm, 228 Incident: reasons and consequences
  • 8. 1950s-1960s léta: consequences of repressive state politics of KMT (socio-economic changes, changes in the cultural field)
  • 9. 1970s: position of Taiwan in international scene (USA-China-Taiwan)
  • 10. Democratization (Early political liberalization, Consolidation, Democracy) and its implications for Taiwanese society (civil society) and culture (Taiwanization)
    required literature
  • Taiwan : a new history. Edited by Murray A. Rubinstein. Expanded ed. Armonk, N.Y.: M.E. Sharpe, 2007. xvi, 560. ISBN 9780765614957. info
  • BROWN, Melissa J. Is Taiwan Chinese? : the impact of culture, power, and migration on changing identities. Berkeley: University of California Press, 2004. xvi, 333. ISBN 0520231821. info
    recommended literature
  • Re-writing culture in Taiwan. Edited by Fang-Long Shih - Stuart Thompson - Paul-Francois Tremlett. 1st pub. London: Routledge, 2009. xiv, 218. ISBN 9780415466660. info
  • LIŠČÁK, Vladimír. Taiwan. 1. vyd. Praha: Libri, 2002. 125 s. ISBN 8072770977. info
  • BAKEŠOVÁ, Ivana. Taiwan :jiná Čína. 1. vyd. Havířov: Petr P. Pavlík, 1992. 163 s. ISBN 80-85574-04-7. info
Teaching methods
The course has form of a lecture, Students should read secondary literature (available via Informational System) throughout the semester.
Assessment methods
Students' presentations
Language of instruction
Further Comments
Study Materials
The course is taught annually.
The course is also listed under the following terms Autumn 2010, Spring 2013, Spring 2015, Spring 2016, Spring 2017, Autumn 2018.
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