SPOTLIGHT TAIWAN HELSINKI: Academic Lectures on Taiwan in Finland

13:15 to 14:30
(GMT+02:00) Helsinki, Kyiv, Riga, Sofia, Tallinn, Vilnius
Two excellent visiting lecturers will shed light on interesting aspects of Taiwan’s history and politics.

Tuesday 26 September, 13:15-14:30 Helsinki, Venue: Room U3041 at the University of Helsinki Main Building

Thursday 28 September, 12:15-13:30 Turku, Venue: Room PUB499 at Publicum, University of Turku

The Uses of Cuteness: Gender, Identity Politics, and Elections in Taiwan (Associate Teaching Professor Hsin-I Sydney Yueh 岳心怡, Department of Communication, University of Missouri-Columbia, USA)

One salient feature in Taiwan’s political campaigns is the use of cute elements. In this talk, Professor Hsin-I Sydney Yueh will introduce a cultural concept “sajiao” and explain how this prevalent communication style has been adopted by Taiwan’s politicians and government officials to compose their persuasive messages. Examples ranges from presidential elections, referendum rallies, and policy promotions conducted by the central and local governments. Based on ethnography and through the lens of cultural studies, Yueh will show the audience the formation of sajiao culture in Taiwan, and the implications of using this particular style in political communication. In addition to analyze the cute elements in Taiwan’s elections, she will also identify limitations of this particular strategy under China’s information warfare to Taiwan.

Taiwan, China, and the Cold War Refugees: Hong Kong, Dachen Islands, and Southeast Asia (Professor Dominic Meng-Hsuan Yang 楊孟軒, Associate Professor of East Asian History, Department of History, University of Missouri-Columbia, USA)

Population displacement is a recurring theme in human history. During the Cold War, mass exodus became a weapon in the rhetorical battle for the hearts and minds. Influenced by Cold War politics, in the 1950s, the UNHCR defined refugees narrowly as people displaced across “national borders.” Moreover, international bureaucracy back then cared more about European displacement than Asian and African displacement. As a result, the world knows very little about the experiences of ordinary people displaced by the Chinese Civil War and the ensuing Cold War in Asia. Prof. Dominic Meng-Hsuan Yang’s talk will focus on three different cases of mainland exodus from China to Taiwan during the 1950s: Hong Kong, the Dachen Islands (Zhejiang, China), and Burma.

Spotlight Taiwan seminars are organized by Department of Cultures at University of Helsinki with the financial support of Taiwan’s Ministry of Cultures.

Room U3041, University of Helsinki Main Building

Other events

All events

NIAS Closing Reception

Dec 7, 2023, 15:00 - Nov 7, 2023, 00:00
Read more

Oil, oligopolies, and state responses: a global and local history of oil markets, 1860s-1939

Feb 19, 2024 - Feb 20, 2024
Call for Papers/ Workshop
Read more