SemesterSpring Semester, 2020
DepartmentInternational Master's Program in Asia-Pacific Studies, First Year International Master's Program in Asia-Pacific Studies, Second Year International Master's Program in Asia-Pacific Studies, Third Year International Master's Program in Asia-Pacific Studies, Fourth Year
Course NameDevelopment Policies of the Asia-Pacific Region
Course TypeSelectively
Course Objective
Course Description
Course Schedule



Schedule of the course:


Week 1

Course Introduction and overview

All teachers

Weeks 2-4


Prof. Ching-Hsin Yu

Weeks 5-7


Dr. Chung-Min Tsai

Weeks 8-10


Dr. Chung-Min Tsai

Weeks 11-13


Prof. Da-wei Kuan

Weeks 14-15


Prof. Chao Chi Lin

Weeks 16-18


Prof. Hsiaopong Liu

Course outline and readings:

Week 1 Course introduction and overview

Week 2 Taiwan (I)

Readings: “*” required readings

Course Introduction

*Rigger, Shelly, 2011.

Why Taiwan Matters: Small Island, Global Powerhouse. Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield.

*Clark, Cal and Alexander C. Tan. 2012.

Taiwan’s Political Economy: Meeting Challenges, Pursuing Progress. Boulder, Col.: Lynne Rienner Publishers, Inc., chapter 1 to chapter 3.

Week 3 Taiwan (II)

Readings: “*” required readings

*Clark, Cal and Alexander C. Tan. 2012.

Taiwan’s Political Economy: Meeting Challenges, Pursuing Progress. Boulder, Col.: Lynne Rienner Publishers, Inc., chapter 4 to chapter 5.

*Fell, Dafydd. 2012.

Government and Politics in Taiwan. London: Routledge, chapter 1 to chapter 3.

Wang, Jiann-Chyuan. 2014.

Taiwans Role in Asia-Pacific Economic Integration. Sarah Y. Tong, ed., Trade, Investment and Economic Integration. Hackensack, N.J.: World Scientific Pub. Co., pp. 171-187.Zhu, Zhiqun editor-in-chief, Globalization, Development and Security in Asia, Volume 2


Week 4 Taiwan (III)

Readings: “*” required readings

*Fell, Dafydd. 2012.

Government and Politics in Taiwan. London: Routledge, chapter 5 to chapter 8.

*Clark, Cal and Alexandra C. Tan. 2010.

Taiwan Enters the 21st Century: A Rude Awakening to the Costs of Success.” Wei-Chin Lee, ed., Taiwan's Politics in the 21st Century: Changes and Challenges [electronic resource]. Hackensack, N.J.: World Scientific Pub. Co., pp. 103-129.

Rigger, Shelley; Hickey, Dennis V.; Peter Chow. 2016.

U.S.-Taiwan Relations: Prospects for Security and Economic Ties. Wilson Center, Washington, D. C.

[ three chapters: Shelley Rigger, “Why Taiwan (Still) Matters in the Era of Trump and Tsai”; Dennis Hickey, “Taiwan’s Security in an Era of Uncertainty”; Peter Chow, “Outlook for U.S.-Taiwan Economic Partnership under President Trump’s “American First” Trade Policy”]

Wang, T. Y., Chen, Lu-huei and Shu Keng. 2010.

Symbolic Politics, Self-Interests, and Threat Perceptions: An Analysis of Taiwan Citizens' Views on Cross–Strait Economic Exchanges.” Wei-Chin Lee, ed., Taiwan's Politics in the 21st Century: Changes and Challenges [electronic resource]. Hackensack, N.J.: World Scientific Pub. Co., pp. 159-184.


Week 5 China (I)


1.China in 2017, Asian Survey

2.China in 2018, Asian Survey


3. Week 6 China (II)


1.Loren Brandt and Thomas G. Rawski, “China’s Great Economic Transformation,” in China’s Great Economic Transformation, pp. 1-26.

2.Barry Naughton, The Chinese Economy: Transitions and Growth (Cambridge, M.A.: MIT Press, 2007). Chapter 1.

Week 7 China (III)


1.Dali L. Yang, “Governing China’s Transition to the Market: Institutional Incentives, Politicians’ Choices, and Unintended Outcomes,” World Politics 48:3 (April 1996), pp. 424-52.

2.Yingyi Qian, “How Reform Worked in China,” in In Search of Prosperity: Analytic Narratives on Economic Growth, ed. Dani Rodrik (Princeton: Princeton University Press 2003), pp. 297-333.

Week 8 Korea (I)


1.South Korea in 2017, Asian Survey

2.South Korea in 2018, Asian Survey

Week 9 Korea (II)


1.Rodrik, Dani, Grossman, G., & Norman, V. 1995. “Getting Interventions Right: How South Korea and Taiwan Grew Rich.” Economic Policy 20, 55-107.

2.Atul Kohli. 1999. “Where Do High-Growth Political Economies Come From? The Japanese Lineage of Korea’s “Developmental State.”” In The Developmental State, edited by Meredith Woo-Cumings. (Cornell University Press)


Week 10 Korea (III)


1.You, Jong-sung. 2012. “Transition from a Limited Access Order to an Open Access Order: The Case of South Korea.” In In the Shadow of Violence: The Problem of Development for Limited Access Order Societies, edited by Douglas North, John Wallis, Steve Webb, and Barry Weingast. (Cambridge University Press).

2.Lee, SJ. 2008. “The Politics of Chaebol Reform in Korea: Social Cleavage and New Financial Rules.” Journal of Contemporary Asia 38(3): 439-452.


Theme III: Indigenous peoples and indigenous politics in the Asian Pacific

(Instructor: Da-Wei Kuan/ Associate Professor, Dept. of Ethnology)



Indigenous peoples’ struggles and the sates’ efforts to restore historical justice is the key to decolonization in many countries. According to the UN definition, there are more than 260 million indigenous people in the Asia Pacific region, which comprises 70 percent of the total indigenous population in the world. It makes the development of indigenous societies inevitably an important issue for the development policies in this region. This section aims to retrace the colonial/de-colonial context, reveal the indigenous testimonies, and examine the contemporary efforts in seeking of reconciliation. With theoretical review and case studies, the three-week coursework will help students to articulate the theories of indigenous development, realize the relevant policy applications, and understand how they can contribute to the overall society.


Weekly schedule and Assigned Readings


Week 11: Conceptualizing Indigenous Development


?·Bellwood, Peter , James J. Fox and Darrell Tryon.1995. The Austronesians in History: Common Origins and Diverse Transformations. In The Austronesians: Historical and Comparative Perspectives.Peter Belllwood,James J. Fox,and Darrell Tryon. Canberra:The Australian National University. Pp.1-38


Amartya Sen. 1999. Development as Freedom, New York: Anchor Books. Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4


Coombes B, Johnson JT and Howitt R. (2012) Indigenous geographies I: Mere resource conflicts? The complexities in Indigenous land and environmental claims. Progress in Human Geography. 36(5), 810-821.


Coombes, B., Johnson JT and Howitt R. (2013). "Indigenous geographies II: The aspirational spaces in postcolonial politics - reconciliation, belonging and social provision." Progress in Human Geography 37(5): 691-700.



Week 12: Cases in Southeast Asia


Janet Cochrane. 1996, The sustainability of ecotourism in Indonesia: fact and fiction. In M.J.G. Parnwell and R.L. Bryant (eds.). Environmental Change in South-east Asia: People, Politics and Sustainable Development. Routledge: 237-259.


Michael Goldman. 2004. Eco-governmentality and other transnational practices of a green World Bank, Liberation Ecologies: Environment, Development, Social Movements: 166-192.


Peluso, Nancy and A. B. Purwanto. 2017.The remittance forest: Turning mobile labor into agrarian capital. Singapore Journal of Tropical Geography 39 (1), 6 36.


Acabado, S. 2018. Zones of refuge: Resisting conquest in the northern Philippine highlands through environmental practice. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology. DOI: 10.1016/j.jaa.2018.05.005


Week 13: Cases in the Oceania


Crosetto, J. (2005)"The Heart of Fiji's Land Tenure Conflict: The Law of Tradition and Vakavanua, the Customary "Way of the Land"" Pacific Rim Law & Policy Journal(14): 71-101


Lane, M. B. (2006)The Role of Planning in Achieving Indigenous Land Justice and Community Goals, Land Use Policy 23: 38594


Smith, L. T. (2017). Indigenous peoples and education in the Pacific region. In State of the World's Indigenous Peoples: Education (Vol. 3rd, pp. 163-184)


Mostafanezhad, M.S. and K. Suryanata (2018) Is Farming Sexy? Agro-Food Initiatives and the Contested Value of Agriculture in Post Plantation Hawaii. Geoforum 97: 227234.


Week 14 Japan (I)

Economic Growth/Calamity and the impact on Japanese politics

Why was Japan able to rise quickly from the ashes of WWII? Why did the economy boom and bust in the 198os-1990s? What effects did the bursting of the bubble have on Japanese politics?

Pempel, T.J. 1993 "From Exporter to Investor: Japanese Foreign Policy" in Curtis et al 1993. Japan's Foreign Policy After the Cold War. M.E. Sharpe. Ch5

Pharr, Susan. 1993 "Japan's Defensive Foreign Policy and the Politics ofBurden Sharing" in Curtis et al 1993. Japan's Foreign Policy After the Cold War. M.E. Sharpe. CH11

Tiberghien, Yves.2005.“Navigating the Path of Least Resistance: Financial Deregulation and the origins of the Japanese Crisis.” Journal of East Asian Studies. 5(3):427-464.

Toyama, Kzuhiko. 2015. “The Curse of ‘Japan Inc.’ and Japan’s Microeconomic competitiveness.” In Yoichi Funabashi and Barack Kushner eds. Examining Japan’s Lost Decades. London, New York: Routledge. 56-76.

Week 15 Japan (II)

Where is Japan going? (Demographic Challenges and Security Challenges)

What kind of country will Japan be in the rest of the 21st century? How will Japan deal with its large government budget deficit against the backdrop of a sluggish economy and aging population? How has Japan coped with the rise of China as a regional and global power?

Seike, Atsushi. 2015. “Japan’s Demographic Challenges.” In Funabashi, Yoishi and Barack Kushner, Examining Japan’s Lost Decades. London New York, Routledge. pp1-16.

Chung, Erin Aeran 2014. “Japan and Korea” in James F. Hollifield, Philip L. Martin, and Pia M. Orrenius eds. Controlling Immigration: A Global Perspective, Third Edition. 399-421

Curtis,Gerald. 2013. “Japan’s Cautious Hawks: Why do Tokyo is Unlikely to Pursue an Aggressive Foreign Policy.” Foreign Affairs. March/April. 92

Lim, Daniel and Vreeland, James. 2013 “Regional Organizations and International Politics: Japanese influence over the Asian Development Bank and the UN Security Council, “ World Politics, 65(1):34-72.

Week 16 Singapore (I) : National Building

Stephan Ortmann, “Singapore: The Politics of Inventing National Identity”

Jianli Huang and Lysa Hong, “Chinese Diasporic Culture and National Identity: The Taming of the Tiger Balm Gardens in Singapore”

Eugene K. B. Tan, “Re-Engaging Chineseness: Political, Economic and Cultural Imperatives of Nation-Building in Singapore”

Week 17 Singapore (II) : Ethnic Politics

Netina Tan, “Manipulating Electoral Laws in Singapore”

Lee Tong Soon, “Chinese Theatre, Confucianism, and Nationalism: Amateur Chinese Opera Tradition in Singapore”

Hussin Mutalib, “The Singapore Minority Dilemma”

Week 18 Singapore (III): External Relations

Daniel Wei Boon Chua, “Revisiting Lee Kuan Yew’s 1965-66 Anti-Americanism”

Philip Hsiaopong Liu, “Love the Tree Love the Branch: Beijing’s Friendship with Lee Kuan Yew”

Teaching Methods
Teaching Assistant




Class Attendance (10% each, 30% in total); (2) Participation (10% each, 30% in total); (3) 5-page Analytical Essay on each country's Political Economy (40%).

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