Below the Storm: Sixty Years of Cross-Strait Connections

DATE: Friday-Saturday, February 5-6, 2010

PLACE: Academia Sinica, Taiwan

SPONSORS: Institute of East Asian Studies and The Institute of Political Science at Academia Sinica



Cross-Straits relationships between the Mainland and Taiwan are among the most critical issues in today's East Asia. Despite much journalistic coverage and editorial commentary, in-depth scholarly examinations of the many facets of related issues are yet to be undertaken in North American academia. While recent decades have seen many periods of tense political relations between Taiwan and China, extensive contacts between the two exist at many other levels. Below the stormy diplomatic conflicts, a broad and complex network of connections has developed. This conference looks not only at political relations, but many other spheres, in an effort to open up new vistas in public understanding of contemporary China, Taiwan, and East Asia.

This conference is part of a larger multi-year program on relations between Taiwan and China. Panels bring together project participants and Taiwan colleagues working on similar issues. Based at UC Berkeley under the direction of History Professor Wen-hsin Yeh, the project will culminate in the production of a manuscript that will describe and evaluate substantive Cross-Straits relationships — political, economic, cultural, social — as they have been developing since the early 1990s despite the absence of mutually acceptable resolution of issues of statehood and sovereignty between the Mainland and Taiwan and the emerging East Asian regional order.

This conference is organized by Yu-Shan Wu, Research Fellow and Director, Institute of Political Science, Academia Sinica; and Wen-hsin Yeh, Richard H. and Laurie C. Morrison Professor of History and Director of the Institute of East Asia Studies, University of California, Berkeley.

For further information, please see the Academia Sinica conference website.


Friday, February 5, 2010

8:30 AM - Registration

9:00 AM - Opening Remarks

President Chi-huey Wong, Academia Sinica
Vice President Fan-sen Wang, Academia Sinica
Wen-hsin Yeh, Institute of East Asian Studies, UC Berkeley
Yu-shan Wu, Institute of Political Science, Academia Sinica

9:15 AM - Keynote Speech — Mobile Horizons: Dynamics across the Taiwan Strait

Professor Wen-hsin Yeh, Richard H. and Laurie C. Morrison Professor of History, and Director, Institute of East Asian Studies, University of California, Berkeley

9:45 AM - Break

10:00 AM - Session I — Patterns from History

Moderator: Lowell Dittmer

Presenter 1: Wen-hsin YehPlacing Taiwan in History: Patterns, Connections, and Regional Order
Presenter 2: Michael SzonyiCross-Strait Relations as Local Politics: The Case of Kinmen
Presenter 3: Chu Yun-hanTaiwan's Soft Power and Cross-Strait Relations
Presenter 4: Yu-shan WuTheoretical Approaches in the Study of Cross-Strait Political Relations

Discussant 1: Huei Kao

Discussant 2: Wen-hsin Yeh

Discussant 3: Yu-shan Wu

12:00 PM - Lunch (IPSAS)

1:30 PM - Session II — The Political Dimension

Moderator: Tzong-Ho Bau

Presenter 1: Lowell Dittmer and Yu-shan WuWhat Drives the Cross-Strait Rapprochement? Political Competition, Globalization, and Strategic Triangle
Presenter 2: Tse-kang LengState Power and Economic Dynamism across the Taiwan Strait
Presenter 3: Gang LinSearching for a New Platform for Cross-Strait Peace
Presenter 4: Tom GoldFamiliarizing the Next Generaltion of China Scholars With Taiwan

Discussant 1: Szu-chien Hsu
Discussant 2: Chen-yuan Tung

3:30 PM - Break

3:45 PM - Session III — Religion and Governance

Moderator: Shu-min Huang

Presenter 1: Robert WellerReligion and Blind-Eye Governance in China and Taiwan
Presenter 2: Wei-ping LinPilgrimage as Bridge: The Post-Militarized Islands between Taiwan and China in the 21st Century
Presenter 3: Chang-hui ChiThe Cult of Patriotic Generals and Collective Memory on Jinmen
Presenter 4: Paul KatzDivine Justice? Judicial Rituals and Official Legitimacy in Chinese Legal Culture

Discussant 1: Cheng-tian Kuo
Discussant 2: Robert Weller

5:45 PM - Conference adjourns

Saturday, February 6, 2010
9:00 AM - Session IV — Gender, Generation and Geography

Moderator: Shelley Rigger

Presenter 1: Yun Fan and Yu-hsin ChangGender Politics in Deliberative Democracy: The Case Study of Women's Participation in Taiwan's National Youth Forum
Presenter 2: Wen-hui TangVolunteer Mothers
Presenter 3: Hsiu-Hua ShenGender, Sex, and Sociality among Taiwanese Businesswomen in China
Presenter 4: Pei-chia LanTaiwanese Youth Migration to China for Higher Education

Discussant 1: Shelley Rigger
Discussant 2: Chang-Ling Huang

10:50 AM - Break

11:00 AM - Session V — Transnational Marriage and Family Dynamics

Moderator: Hsin-Huang Michael Hsiao

Presenter 1: Sara FriedmanEngendering imigrant Struggles: Family Formation across the Taiwan Strait
Presenter 2: Bruce LiaoSecond-Class Immigrants, Third-Class Citizens: How Does Taiwan Law Define Mainland Spouses?

Discussant 1: Wan-Ying Yang
Discussant 2: Sara Friedman
Discussant 3: Chao-Ju Chen
Discussant 4: Antonia Chao

12:30 PM - Lunch

2:00 PM - Session VI — Media and Knowledge Across the Strait

Moderator: Youping Cheng

Presenter 1: Tim WestonShifting Official Media Perspectives on Who and What is Across the Strait: The Central Daily News and People's Daily since 1978
Presenter 2: K.F. LeeMedia Business in Greater China: Reflections on Dynamics and Challenges

Discussant 1: Lin-mei Huang
Discussant 2: Youping Cheng

3:30 PM - Break

3:45 PM - Session VII — Maritime and Environmental Issues

Moderator: Michael Szonyi

Presenter 1: Ts'ui-jung LiuOn the Study of Chinese Environmental History
Presenter 2: Micah MuscolinoUnderground at Sea: Fishing, Smuggling, and Alternative Transactions across the Taiwan Strait, 1970s-1990s
Presenter 3: Chen Te-chihThe Beginnings of the South China Fishery Investigation under the Authority of Taiwan Governor-General in the Japanese Colonial Period

Discussant 1: Micah Muscolino
Discussant 2: Dustin Kuan-Hsiung Wang
Discussant 3: Yu-Ju Lin

5:15 PM - Roundtable discussion

Chair and Moderator: Yu-shan Wu

5:45 PM - Conference concludes



Tzong-Ho Bau
Department of Political Science, National Taiwan University

Yu-hsin Chang

Antonia Chao
Department of Sociology, Tunghai University

Chao-Ju Chen
National Taiwan University

Chen Te-chih
National Taiwan University

Youping Cheng
Department of Public Administration and Policy, National Taipei University

Chang-hui Chi
Graduate Institute of Culture and History of Southern Fujian, National Kinmen Institute of Technology

Chu Yun-han (朱雲漢)

Lowell Dittmer (羅德明)
Lowell Dittmer is Professor in the Department of Political Science, University of California (Berkeley). His current research interests include a study of the impact of reform on Chinese Communist authority, a survey of patterns of informal politics in East Asia, and a project on the China-Taiwan-US triangle in the context of East Asian regional politics.

Sara Friedman
Sara Friedman is Associate Professor in the Anthropology Department, Indiana University. She specializes in the relationship between political processes and social and cultural change in China and Taiwan, with particular attention to marginalized groups within both societies.

Tom Gold (高隸民)
Thomas Gold is Professor in the Department of Sociology, University of California (Berkeley). He specializes in the societies of East Asia, particularly mainland China and Taiwan. His publications on mainland China have covered numerous topics, including youth, popular culture, personal relations, civil society, and private business.

Hsin-Huang Michael Hsiao
Institute of Political Science, Academia Sinica

Szu-chien Hsu
Institute of Political Science, Academia Sinica

Chang-Ling Huang
Department of Political Science, National Taiwan University

Lin-mei Huang
Department of Speech Communication, Shih Hsin University

Shu-min Huang
Institute of Ethnology, Academia Sinica

Huei Kao
National Kinmen Institute of Technology

Paul Katz
Institute of Modern History, Academia Sinica

Cheng-tian Kuo
Department of Political Science, National Chengchi University

Pei-chia Lan (藍佩嘉)

K. F. Lee
Aegis Media Greater China

Tse-Kang Leng
Institute of Political Science, Academia Sinica

Bruce Liao (廖元豪)

Gang Lin (林岡)

Wei-ping Lin
Department of Anthropology, National Taiwan University

Yu-Ju Lin
Institute of Taiwan History, Academia Sinica

Ts'ui-jung Liu
Academia Sinica, Institute of Taiwan History

Micah Muscolino (穆盛博)
Micah Muscolino is Assistant Professor in the Department of History, Georgetown University. Dr. Muscolino specializes in Modern China and Asia Studies.

Shelley Rigger (任雪麗)
Shelley Rigger is Associate Professor in the Department of Political Science, Davidson College. She specializes in Taiwan's domestic politics and the Cross-Strait Relations.

Hsiu-hua Shen (沈秀華)

Michael Szonyi (宋怡明)
Michael Szonyi is Professor of Chinese History in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University. He specializes in History of Early Modern China. His main research interests are the local history of southeast China, especially in the Ming dynasty; the history of Chinese popular religion, and Overseas Chinese history.

Wen-hui Tang (唐文慧)
唐文慧博士為中山大學通識中心副教授。她的研究專長為福利社會學、政治社會學、社會福利與社會政策、性別研究及歷史社會學 。

Chen-yuan Tung
The Graduate Institute of Development Studies, National Chengchi University

Dustin Kuan-Hsiung Wang
Institute of the Law of the Sea, National Taiwan Ocean University

Fan-Sen Wang
Vice President, Academia Sinica

Robert Weller (魏樂博)
Robert Paul Weller is Professor and Chairman in the Department of Anthropology, Boston University. He specializes in the research of China and Taiwan from comparative perspective.

Tim Weston (魏定熙)
Tim Weston is Professor in the Department of History, University of Colorado. He specializes in intellectuals, political culture, workers and unemployment, and public life in modern China.

Chi-Huey Wong
President, Academia Sinica

Yu-Shan Wu (吳玉山)

Wan-Ying Yang
Department of Political Science, National Chengchi University

Wen-hsin Yeh (葉文心)
Wen-hsin Yeh is Richard H. and Laurie C. Morrison Chair Professor in History in the Department of History, University of California (Berkeley). She specializes in modern China, social and cultural history. And she also serves as Director of the Institute of East Asia Studies.

Yun Fan (范雲)



The conference "Below the Storm: 60 Years of Cross-Strait Connections" will be held at the following location:

1st Conference Room
Humanities and Social Sciences Building 3F
Academia Sinica

Address and contact information

Academia Sinica
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Ph: 2789-8050 & 2789-9696
Fax: 2785-8944

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Airport Arrival

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