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Editor-in-Chief Ming-yeh T. Rawnsley

The International Journal of Taiwan Studies, cosponsored by Academia Sinica and the European Association of Taiwan Studies, is a principal outlet for the dissemination of cutting-edge research on Taiwan. Its editorial office is supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of China (Taiwan) and is hosted by the Department of International Politics, Aberystwyth University. IJTS is the first internationally collaborative, multidisciplinary, and peer-reviewed academic research journal in English dedicated to all aspects of Taiwan Studies, including social sciences, arts and humanities, and topics which are interdisciplinary in nature. This publication on Taiwan Studies, a rapidly growing field with an increasingly critical influence, aims to reach academics and policy makers of different cultural backgrounds, disciplinary perspectives and methodological approaches.

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Paul R. Katz

utilise the ever-increasing body of data about religious life in modern Chinese history and among Chinese communities throughout the world. As China’s religious revival continues to gain pace, and as more sources about modern religious history come to light, how to bridge these methodological gaps may

Hsin-tien Liao

. Nevertheless, their common interest is to give insight into Taiwanese art and culture by examining the formation of Taiwanese identity and modernity through contemporary methodological perspectives from visual culture, postcolonialism, and cultural politics. Between them, both their consistencies and their

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Patricia Frick, Annette Kieser and Margarete Prüch

Museum of Korea, Seoul, the refined décor could be retrieved completely, which made it possible to date the object by comparing it with contemporaneous lacquer work. With the collaborative work and research of specialists from various fields, methodological approaches with extensive conclusions, like

Annie Yuan Cih Wu

or Mandarin. This paper focuses on giving a new measure of identity to Vietnamese spousal immigrants and elaborating their agency in Taiwanese society. Methodology The study adopted a qualitative method to collect data about the everyday experiences of 28 Vietnamese spouses during a five-month period

Marco Polo Was in China

New Evidence from Currencies, Salts and Revenues

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Hans Ulrich Vogel

In Marco Polo was in China Hans Ulrich Vogel offers an innovative look at the highly complex topics of currencies, salt production and taxes, commercial levies and other kinds of revenue as well as the administrative geography of the Mongol Yuan empire. The author’s rigorous analysis of Chinese sources and all the important Marco Polo manuscripts as well as his thorough scrutiny of Japanese, Chinese and Western scholarship show that the fascinating information contained in Le devisament dou monde agrees almost pefectly with that we find in Chinese sources, the latter only available long after Marco Polo’s stay in China. Hence, the author concludes that, despite the doubts that have been raised, the Venetian was indeed in Khubilai Khan’s realm.

Hsin-Huang Michael Hsiao and Dafydd Fell

’s indigenous nations. The second piece is Paul Katz’s ‘Bridging the gaps: Methodological challenges in the study of Taiwanese popular religion’. Katz has established himself as a leading expert on Taiwan’s popular religious scene. In this essay, he surveys major works in this field from the past 20 years

The Kazakh Khanates between the Russian and Qing Empires

Central Eurasian International Relations during the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries

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Jin Noda

In The Kazakh Khanates between the Russian and Qing Empires, Jin Noda examines the foreign relations of the Kazakh Chinggisid sultans and the Russian and Qing empires during the 18th and 19th centuries. Noda makes use of both Russian and Qing archival documents as well as local Islamic sources. Through analysis of each party’s claims –mainly reflected in the Russian-Qing negotiations regarding Central Eurasia–, the book describes the role played by the Kazakh nomads in tying together the three regions of eastern Kazakh steppe, Western Siberia, and Xinjiang.

Howard Chiang

Wang (Routledge, 2016). Yet, organised around seven chronological chapters and an epilogue, the book accomplishes much more. The first chapter orients the book by aligning its theoretical, methodological, and empirical interventions with the relevant debates in literary studies, gender and sexuality