KSCB004 History and Culture of Taiwan

Faculty of Arts
Spring 2015
Extent and Intensity
2/0/0. 4 credit(s). Type of Completion: k (colloquium).
Mgr. Bc. Denisa Hilbertová, M.A. (lecturer)
Mgr. Jiří Plucar, Ph.D. (alternate examiner)
Guaranteed by
doc. Lucie Olivová, MA, Ph.D., DSc.
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
Mon 10:50–12:25 B2.23
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
fields of study / plans the course is directly associated with
Course objectives
The aim of this course is to provide an overview of Taiwanese history from prehistoric period to the modern democratic era as well as Taiwanese cultural heritage. The development in Taiwan will be link with regional and world geopolitical settings.
Major topics the course will cover: - Historical development of Taiwan island - Prehistoric, Chinese and Foreign settlement - Qing administration, Japanese colonization, KMT regime and democratic period - Cultural and religion development in the modern period
After completing this course, the student will be able to: - Describe the main history events in Taiwan - Explain the basic reason(s) of historical development - Analyze local and foreign cultural influence as well as the regime;s pressure - The role of religion in Taiwanese society
  • 1. Course introduction
  • 2. Pre-historical settlement a) Island’s geography and geopolitical position b) Ethnic groups and languages c) Austronesian and Chinese migration d) Ilha Formosa – Westerners’ arrivals e) Koxinga
  • 3. Qing administration a) The image of Taiwan on the Qing court b) Opening of the island after the Opium wars c) The clash of western powers d) Independent province e) Short life Republic of Formosa
  • 4. The first colony of Japan a) Population revolt b) „The Golden age“ – Island‘ s development c) Becoming Japanese d) Second World War
  • 5. China takes over the island a) Reestablishment of Chinese administration b) 228 Incident c) KMT d) The fight for the one Chine e) Culture in post war era (1945-1949)
  • 6 + 7. The longest martial law – KMT administration a) Korean War and the U.S. ally b) The fate of opposition c) International situation d) State administration, constitution and laws e) Economic boom f) KMT after the death of Chiang Kai-shek g) 1980s h) Culture under the KMT‘ s dictatorships
  • 8. Taiwan’ s democratization a) The end of one party governance b) Reforms and the establishment of opposition c) Taiwan Strait
  • 9. The political scene a) Political behaviour KMT v. DPP b) The independence question c) Economic development
  • 10. Religion in daily life Guest lecturer Mgr. Vladimíra Bilijenková a) Rituals and symbols b) Festivals c) Political influence
  • 11. Taiwanese society a) Social problems (women in the society, minorities, education, corruption, nuclear waste, cheap labour, prostitution and organized crime)
  • 12. Taiwanese culture and cultural heritage a) Cinema b) Literature c) Culture development since 1990s
  • 13. Final lesson a) Students’ presentations
    required literature
  • BAKEŠOVÁ, Ivana, Rudolf FÜRST and Zdenka HEŘMANOVÁ. Dějiny Taiwanu. Praha: Lidové noviny, 2004. 303 s. ISBN 8071067083. info
    not specified
  • Heylen, Ann – Sommers, Scott, eds. Becoming Taiwan: From Colonialism to Democracy. Studia Formosiana. Wiesbaden: Herrasowitz
  • BROWN, Melisa. What is in the Name: Culture, Identity, and the Taiwan Problem. IN Is Taiwan Chinese: the Impact of Culture, Power, and Migration on Changing Identities. Berkeley – Los Angeles – London: University of California Press.
  • Myers, Ramon H. – Peattie, Mark R. (eds.). The Japanese Colonial Empire, 1895-1945. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1984.
  • Liao Ping-hui – Wang, David Der-wei (eds.). Taiwan Under Japanese Colonial Rule, 1895-1945. New York: Columbia University Press, 2006.
Teaching methods
The course is designed as lecture with class discussion.
Assessment methods
- Each student will prepare a final presentation From Taiwanese history, politics or culture
- Student has to actively participate in classroom discussion and has to be prepared according lesson’ s requirements - Two absences are allowed during semester All these three conditions are necessary for fulfilling course requirement. In case of neglecting any of above written conditions, the instructor can choose an alternative solution in a form of essay.
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 2016, Spring 2017, Autumn 2018, Autumn 2019.
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