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 NameThe History of Taiwan after World War II
InstructorLI FU-CHUNG
Course TypeElective
Course Objective
Course Description
Course Schedule

1)The Change of the Governor: From a colony of Japanese Empire to a province of the Republic of China. Required Reading: Textbook(1)

2)The Massacre of the “228 Incident”: How it happened, and what consequence it made. Required Reading: Textbook(2)

3)Chiang Kai-shek’s Authoritarian Regime: A state under the martial law. Required Reading: Textbook(8)

4)The War between CKS and Mao Zedong: The two Taiwan Strait military crises and the battles in the United Nations. Required Reading: Textbook(6)

5)Taiwan and the United States: From Harry Truman to Richard Nixon. Required Reading: Textbook(6)

6)The Age of Chiang Ching-kuo: A general survey to the political evolution from 1970s to 1980s. Required Reading: Textbook(3)

7)The Light of Taiwan's Cinema: From 1950s to 1980s.

8)The Light of Taiwan's Cinema: New Wave Movement from 1983 to 2000.

9)Taiwan's Cinematic Perspective in 21st Century.

10)Lee Teng-hui and the Democratization of Taiwan. Required Reading: Textbook(8)

11)Rehabilitation and the Challenges of Transitional Justice: Taiwan in the Age of Post-Authoritarianism. Required Reading: Textbook(4)

12)Lee Teng-hui and Jiang Zemin: The China policies of the government of ROC and the new Taiwan Strait military crisis in 1995 and 1996. Required Reading: Textbook(7)

13)A Dire Strait: The critical changes of the relations between ROC and PRC from 1990s to 2000s. Required Reading: Textbook(7)

14)Chen Shui-bian and the Democratic Progressive Party (DPP): The political competition between the “green camp” and “blue camp.” Required Reading: Textbook(5)

15) Assessment of Ma Ying-jeou and his Administration. Required Reading: Textbook(8)

16) Identity and Identification: How Taiwanese think themselves? Required Reading: Textbook(9)

Teaching Methods
Teaching Assistant

no class assistant


Term paper 80%

Class attendance and performance 20%

Textbook & Reference

(1) Ralph N. Clough, Island China. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 1978.

(2) George H. Kerr, Formosa Betrayed, London: Eyre & Spottiswoode, 1965.

(3) Jay Taylor, The Generalissimo’s Son. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 2000.

(4) Shelley Rigger, Politics in Taiwan: Voting for democracy. New York: Routledge, 1999.

(5) Shelley Rigger, From Opposition to Power: Taiwan’s Democratic Progressive Party. Boulder, Colorado: Lynne Rienner, 2001.

(6) Nancy B. Tucker, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and the United States, 1945-1992. New York: Twayne Publishers, 1994.

(7) Richard C. Bush, At Cross Purposes: U.S.-Taiwan Relations Since 1942, Armonk, New York: M. E. Sharpe, 2004.

(8)J. Bruce Jacobs, Democratizing Taiwan. Leiden: Brill, 2012.

(9) Shelley Rigger, Taiwan's Rising Rationalism: Generations, Politics, and "Taiwanese Nationalism," Washingtom D.C.: East-West Center, 2006.

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