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Marriage on the Road to Equality: A Taiwan Story

January 28, 2021 - 13:00-14:30

Online lecture by Professor Chen Chao-ju 陳昭如, Part of the Taiwan Lectures on Chinese Studies


In 2019, two years after Taiwan’s Constitutional Court recognized same-sex couples’ freedom to marry, Taiwan passed a law to legalizes same-sex marriage registration and became the first country in Asia to do so. It is internationally acclaimed as a progressive move that demonstrates Taiwan’s status as a regional leader in LGBTQ rights. It is widely recognized as a remarkable achievement due to the government’s fearless commitment to marriage equality and the marriage equality movement’s indefatigable efforts, despite the controversy over whether or not same-sex marriage should be legalized. This standard narrative tells half of Taiwan’s story. When examined from a critical perspective, the dynamics of law and politics demonstrates a case of “interest convergence,” rather than the application of a determined political will. The goal and pursuit of a “marriage cure” for inequality are not without contestation. The milestone legislation legalizes a same-sex marriage that is not the same. For one, the statute does not name the same-sex union “marriage” and the parties of the union “spouses.” This alternative understanding begs questions: how same-sex marriage should and could have been legalized? What is the preferred role of marriage on the road to equality? From a radical feminist perspective critical of marital supremacy, this lecture tells a Taiwan story that challenges conventional understandings of legalizing same-sex marriage in Taiwan and advocates for a reorientation toward “single equality” in the age of marriage equality.

Please note that this event will take place on Microsoft Teams and is scheduled for 13 PM Copenhagen Time.

Organiser: SOAS Centre of Taiwan Studies & National Central Library Center for Chinese Studies, Taiwan

More information here. 

Marriage on the Road to Equality: A Taiwan Story


January 28, 2021