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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

Ethnic Policy in China: Is Reform Inevitable?

Ethnic Policy in China: Is Reform Inevitable?

Written by Adam Horálek James Leibold (2013): Ethnic Policy in China: Is Reform Inevitable? Policy Studies 68. Honolulu: East-West Center, 65 p. “Ethnic Policy in China: Is Reform Inevitable?” is one of many publications by the author James Leibold focusing on ethnic issues in the People’s Republic of China (PRC). The book is a part of the...

Martin Lavicka21 Apr 2015Leave a comment

China’s new territorial strategies towards North Korea

China’s new territorial strategies towards North Korea

Written by Adam Horálek Lee, Seeung-Ook (2014): China’s new territorial strategies towards North Korea: security, development, and inter-scalar politics. Eurasian Geography and Economics, Vol. 55, No. 2, pp. 175–200. The geopolitical situation on the Korean Peninsula is a very up-to-date topic. Not only because North Korea, since 2006 and...

Martin Lavicka20 Apr 2015Leave a comment

Fu Manchu, the Yellow Peril and Sinophobia

Fu Manchu, the Yellow Peril and Sinophobia

Written by Jonathan Sullivan. Sax Rohmer, penname of the journeyman British writer Arthur Henry Ward, wrote music hall routines, serial fiction and popular novels to make money. From a working class background and unblessed with great talent or connections, Rohmer was forced to develop an eye for what would sell. He struck gold with a creation...

Jonathan Sullivan10 Apr 2015Leave a comment

Gender and Ethnicity on the Sino-Tibetan Border

Gender and Ethnicity on the Sino-Tibetan Border

Written by Tricia Kehoe. Tenzin, Jinba. In the Land of the Eastern Queendom: The politics of Gender and Ethnicity on the Sino-Tibetan Border. University of Washington Press, 2014. Over the past two decades, much work has been done to debunk the heavily romanticized and hyper-spiritualized representations that have long characterized Tibet. Yet,...

Jonathan Sullivan10 Apr 2015Leave a comment

The Politics Of Law And Stability In China

The Politics Of Law And Stability In China

Written by Jonathan Benney. The Politics Of Law And Stability In China, Susan Trevaskes et al eds. (Edward Elgar, 2014). This is an invaluable book. It is one of the first volumes to address the trend—both in discourse and practice—towards stability in China, and to consider in depth what this means for the status and legitimacy of law. While...

Jonathan Sullivan07 Apr 2015Leave a comment

The Dark Road

The Dark Road

Written by Jonathan Sullivan. The Dark Road, by the exiled Chinese writer Ma Jian, is a dystopian road movie following family planning fugitives Meili, Kongzi and their One Child Policy-compliant daughter Nannan down the Yangtse. The plot begins with Meili pregnant for a second time as the family planning militia descends on rural Kong village....

Jonathan Sullivan03 Apr 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 ...

25 May 2015 / Ming-Yeh Rawnsley

I just want to echo Gary's comments and to alert to readers who may be interested in Routl...

24 May 2015 / Gary Rawnsley

Thanks for the inclusion, Jon. Readers may also be interested in the newly published Routl...

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