Developing Taiwan Studies Teaching Programmes in Europe and the US: The Experience of SOAS University of London and University of Texas at Austin

Dafydd Fell, Sung-sheng Yvonne Chang
2019 The China Quarterly  
AbstractOver the last two decades, there has been a rapid expansion in the number of Taiwan programmes at universities in America and Europe; however, few of these Taiwan programmes have attempted to develop teaching courses. Where Taiwan courses have been introduced, they have tended to be in isolation and not well integrated into existing academic programmes. Among the universities with Taiwan programmes, only two have attempted to create comprehensive teaching programmes through which
more » ... s can graduate with a degree in Taiwan studies: SOAS University of London and the University of Texas at Austin. The purpose of this paper is to compare the experiences of these two institutions in developing such niche teaching programmes. It begins with a discussion of how these two programmes first emerged and then goes on to review their distinct development trajectories and key features. The paper offers an analysis of how these two programmes were able not only to survive but also to expand their offerings and thrive in an academic environment that should be hostile to such niche programmes. It concludes with a review of the remaining challenges facing these teaching programmes.
doi:10.1017/s0305741019000031 fatcat:xg52z46vnnbwpanfjuqzi6prfu