This paper investigates how Taiwan is studied in the research of us-based speech communication and journalism. Specifically, Taiwan-related journal articles published by major us-based communication and journalism associations are selected and analysed in terms of their numbers, authorship, and themes. The results indicate that Taiwan studies is a marginalised subject in speech communication and journalism. However, there has been an increasing research interest in Taiwan in the last two decades. These journal articles also record the role of Taiwan in Cold War history, the legacy of ‘Free China’, and the establishment of two Chinese communication associations in the United States. They explain why the representation of Taiwan is often ambivalent in a ‘cultural China’ framework in speech communication and journalism. This investigation aims to begin a conversation about how speech communication and journalism research can be more engaged in Taiwan studies, and how research on Taiwan can be more integrated into these two disciplines.
The Association for Taiwan Literature was founded in 2016 as a non-profit association by researchers and students from institutions dedicated to Taiwan literature in Taiwan. The aims and objectives of the association are to promote research, teaching, creative writing, translations, and international collaboration related to Taiwan literature. This report will demonstrate and evaluate multiple strategies and projects adopted by the association, including the development of intellectual and academic communities, industry–academia cooperation, the Toward Taiwan ‘New’ Literature series, and global Taiwan studies to create a sustainable community of Taiwan literature studies working outside of regular academic channels to build a collaborative network in Taiwan and beyond.
The report introduces the history and academic achievements of the Japan Association for Taiwan Studies (JATS) since its establishment in 1998. After discussing historical backgrounds of Taiwan studies in Japan, the report reflects on two decades of JATS based on the conference papers presented at the 20th Annual Conference held in 2018. Then it provides an overview of the 21st JATS Annual Conference held in June 2019 at Fukuoka and argues how the broad disciplinary coverage of the Association members have contributed to enriching the field of Taiwan studies in Japan.
In 2019 Taiwan became the first country in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage pursuant to the Constitutional Court’s decision two years earlier. This article adds to previous research on same-sex marriage in Taiwan in two respects. Firstly, this study contends that most of the major arguments made in the Court’s decision in 2017 that legalised same-sex marriage were already present in several legislative bills that preceded the Court’s ruling. Secondly, the separate same-sex marriage law that was finally passed in 2019 reflected the government’s endeavour to reach a compromise in meeting some of the demands of both advocates and opponents of marriage equality in Taiwanese society. The story of the marriage equality debate is analysed through textual comparisons of relevant government documents, ngo websites of marriage equality advocates and opponents, newspaper articles, and academic journal articles.