Notes on Contributors

Niki J.P. Alsford

is Professor in Asia Pacific Studies and Head of Asia Pacific Institutes at the University of Central Lancashire, as well as Director of the Institute for the Study of the Asia Pacific, Co-Director of the International Institute of Korean Studies and the Northern Institute of Taiwan Studies, and Chair of the Centre for Austronesian Studies. He is also Research Associate at the Centre of Taiwan Studies at School of Oriental and African Studies (soas), University of London and Research Fellow at the Ewha Institute of Unification Studies at Ewha Womans University in Seoul. He received his PhD in Modern East Asian History from soas. As a historical anthropologist, his research focuses on Taiwan comparative ethno-histories. Chief among these is an engagement with Austronesian migration and the historical anthropology of the maritime Asia Pacific region. In addition to this, he works on developmental anthropology in North Korea and climate anthropology in the case of the Pacific. He is author of Transitions to Modernity in Taiwan: The Spirit of 1895 and the Cession of Formosa to Japan, published by Routledge in 2017. He is book series editor for the Taiwan series at brill and the Korean series at Routledge.

Evan Dawley

is Associate Professor of History at Goucher College. He completed his PhD in History at Harvard University. His first monograph, Becoming Taiwanese: Ethnogenesis in a Colonial City, 1880s-1950s, was published in 2019 by the Harvard Asia Center Press. He has co-edited The Decade of the Great War: Japan and the Wider World in the 1910s (Brill, 2014). His new research explores the ongoing creation of Chinese identities in the context of international relations between the roc and other governments around communities of overseas Chinese, from the 1920s to the 1970s.

Moises de Souza

is Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Asia Pacific Studies at the School of Humanities, Language and Global Studies, University of Central Lancashire, and Chair of the Northern England Policy Centre for the Asia Pacific (nepcap). He is also researcher in Asia Studies at the International Relations Research Center of the University of São Paulo (nupri-geasia), and deputy-director of the South China Sea Think Tank (scsstt).

Dafydd Fell

is Reader (Professor) in Comparative Politics with special reference to Taiwan at the Department of Politics and International Studies of soas, University of London. He is also the Director of the soas Centre of Taiwan Studies. In 2004 he helped establish the European Association of Taiwan Studies. He has published numerous articles on political parties and electioneering in Taiwan. His first book was Party Politics in Taiwan (Routledge, 2005), which analyzed party change in the first fifteen years of multi-party competition. His second book was Government and Politics in Taiwan (Routledge, 2011) and the second edition was published in early 2018. He co-edited Migration to and from Taiwan (Routledge, 2013) and his next edited volume, Social Movements in Taiwan under Ma Ying-jeou (Routledge) was published in 2017. His most recent co-edited book was Taiwan Studies Revisited, published in 2019. He is also the book series editor for the Routledge Research on Taiwan Series.

Fabricio A. Fonseca

is Assistant Professor at the College of International Affairs, Tamkang University, Taiwan. He holds a PhD in Asia-Pacific Studies, with a specialization in International Political Economy, from National Chengchi University (nccu), and a ma degree in China Studies from El Colegio de México. His research interests include China-US relations, China-Latin America relations, and comparative politics between East Asia and Latin America. His works have been presented and published in conferences, books and journals in Asia, Latin America and Europe.

J. Bruce Jacobs†

was Professor of Asian Languages and Studies at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. He also studied as a postgraduate student in the History Research Institute of National Taiwan University and has been an Exchange Scholar and a Concurrent Professor at Nanjing University. He published many books, research articles and book chapters as well as newspaper columns on Taiwan and China, including Democratising Taiwan (BRILL, 2012) and The Kaohsiung Incident in Taiwan and Memoirs of a Foreign Big Beard (BRILL, 2016).

Young-Im Lee

is Assistant Professor of Political Science at California State University, Sacramento. Her main research areas are gender in legislative and presidential elections in South Korea and Taiwan. Her research has appeared in Electoral Studies, Politics & Gender, Feminist Media Studies, and The Washington Post, among other outlets.

Sojin Lim

is Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor), Course Leader for both ma North Korean Studies and ma Asia Pacific Studies, and Co-Director of the International Institute of Korean Studies (iksu) at the University of Central Lancashire. She works as Co-Editor of the Routledge Research on Korea series and is also Research Fellow at the Ewha Institute of Unification Studies at Ewha Womans University. Prior to joining UCLan, she worked for aid agencies as a senior research fellow with hands-on field experiences. She obtained both ba and ma degrees from Ewha Womans University, South Korea, and her PhD from the Institute for Development Policy and Management (idpm) at the University of Manchester, UK. Her research interests lie in development studies, area studies, public policy, and political economy, with cases of North Korea, South Korea and the Pacific islands. She frequently discusses changes in North Korea and in the Korea Peninsula in media interviews, such as appearing on bbc.

Michael J. Seth

is Professor of History at James Madison University. There he teaches East Asian and world history. Seth is the author of Education Fever: Society, Politics and the Pursuit of Schooling in South Korea (2002), A Concise History of Korea (third edition, 2020), North Korea: A History (2018), Korea: A Very Short Introduction (2020) and editor of The Routledge Handbook of Modern Korean History (2016).

Nataša Visočnik

is Assistant Professor at the Department of Asian Studies, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia after she gained her PhD at the Department of Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology at University of Ljubljana. Her research is focused on identity issues in Japan and South Korea, including identity processes, minority questions and marginality; but she also deals with religious and women’s issues, and she has done some research on anthropology of body, dance and space. In her recent research, she focuses on Zainichi Koreans in Japan and on ‘diaspora at home’, studying Zainichi Koreans moving and living in Korea, as well as doing research and fieldwork as a research fellow at University of Kyoto in Japan and Seoul National University in South Korea. She is also a member of a project called East Asian Collections, where she is working on the East Asian collections in Slovene museums, and she is a managing editor of the journal Asian Studies at the Faculty of Arts, University of Ljubljana.