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Mind the gap: Culture and political values

Mind the gap: Culture and political values

Written by Jonathan Sullivan. In The Cultural Logic of Politics in Mainland China and Taiwan, the last (posthumous) book published by Duke political scientist Tianjian Shi, Professor Shi argues that rationality is culturally embedded, and that a culturally defined normative rationality shapes people’s choices in social and political life. The...

Jonathan Sullivan14 Aug 2015Leave a comment

How the west sees China

How the west sees China

Written by Jonathan Sullivan. In the western imagination China has long been something ‘exotic’, a tendency that preceded the earliest contact and was reinforced by the (usually tall) tales of early travellers. This exoticism takes many forms and has given rise to many stereotypes, sometimes ‘positive’ (for instance in the recurring...

Jonathan Sullivan12 Aug 2015Leave a comment

Taiwan 2016. Reading list #7: Taiwan's democracy in comparative perspective

Taiwan 2016. Reading list #7: Taiwan’s democracy in comparative perspective

Written by Jonathan Sullivan. Taiwan is one of a number of democracies that began their transition around the same time; sometimes referred to in Huntington’s terminology as ‘Third Wave’ democracies. Taiwan’s experience of democracy has rendered it an increasingly common subject of comparative research, further aided by participation in a...

Jonathan Sullivan27 May 2015Leave a comment

Taiwan 2016. Reading list #6: National identity & nationalism

Taiwan 2016. Reading list #6: National identity & nationalism

Written by Jonathan Sullivan. Throughout democratization and into the democratic era, questions around national identity, Taiwan’s current and future status, and relations with China have been an inescapable and highly contested feature of the political landscape. Indeed, as the sophisticated study by Wachman 1994 shows, national identity and...

Jonathan Sullivan26 May 2015Leave a comment

Taiwan 2016. Reading list #5: Media & political communications

Taiwan 2016. Reading list #5: Media & political communications

Written by Jonathan Sullivan. During most of the KMT’s one party rule, the media were tightly controlled by the party-state, and played a key role, alongside the education system, of establishing and sustaining the hegemony of nationalist Chinese narratives. This dominance first started to come under pressure from unofficial media in the early...

Jonathan Sullivan22 May 20152 comments

Stories of Me and China

Stories of Me and China

Written by Julie Yu-wen Chen. In October 2013, the Chinese Embassy in Kazakhstan held an essay competition, called Stories of Me and China. There were 140 essays submitted for competition, and eventually 38 were selected for publication in a book entitled 我和中国的故事/Моя история с Китаем, which literally translates as...

Jonathan Sullivan21 May 2015Leave a comment

Taiwan 2016. Reading List #4: Political culture & social movements

Taiwan 2016. Reading List #4: Political culture & social movements

Written by Jonathan Sullivan. Substantial academic interest in Taiwan has coalesced around the diverse set of norms and behaviours captured by the rubric political culture. The role of patronage, personal networks and guanxi represent a perennial scholarly preoccupation. There is no better starting point for investigating the effects of these...

Jonathan Sullivan19 May 2015Leave a comment

Taiwan 2016. Reading List #3: Parties and the Legislature

Taiwan 2016. Reading List #3: Parties and the Legislature

Written by Jonathan Sullivan. Political parties have played a determining role in the shape and outcome of democratization processes in Taiwan. For much of the early democratization era the KMT was the only party, and much research has focused on the behaviour, composition and evolution of the party. Hood 1997 provides a balanced analysis of the...

Jonathan Sullivan18 May 2015Leave a comment

Taiwan 2016. Reading list #2: The Presidency

Taiwan 2016. Reading list #2: The Presidency

Written by Jonathan Sullivan. The ROC President is the single most visible political actor in Taiwan and much of the literature charting Taiwan’s progress towards democracy and democratic consolidation has focused on respective presidencies. Although Chiang Kai-shek cannot take any credit for the political liberalization that occurred after his...

Jonathan Sullivan13 May 2015Leave a comment

Taiwan 2016: Annotated reading list #1 Democratization

Taiwan 2016: Annotated reading list #1 Democratization

Written by Jonathan Sullivan. In the second half of the 20th Century, Taiwan evolved from a colonial backwater under one-party rule to become an exemplar of equal economic development and peaceful democratization. During the past thirty years elections have constituted important milestones and strongly contested political competition to control...

Jonathan Sullivan09 May 2015Leave a comment

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23 May 2016 / Norbert Francis

Yes, this was an interesting study by Chang and Lu of bilingualism and perceptions of the ...

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