• Why Taiwan Matters

A Lecture by Dr. Shelley Rigger, of Davidson College

Monday, March 26, 2012
2:30 - 3:45pm
Amenities Conference Room
1st floor, 73 Tremont St, Boston


A few years ago many feared war would break out between Taiwan and China. In the elections in Taiwan in January 2012, the new president of Taiwan assured citizens on both sides of the Taiwan Strait that economic cooperation and increased travel between Taiwan and China was the most likely course.

How has this small island become economically and politically so important? Dr. Shelley Rigger, professor of East Asian Politics at Davidson College, will talk about her recently published book - one of the most concise, yet thorough, books about Taiwan. Why Taiwan Matters: Small Island, Global Powerhouse (Rowman & Littlefield 2011) is a clearly written explanation of Taiwan’s past and present. She does not hide the political tragedies, the troubles brought about by multiple languages vying for supremacy. At the same time, she tells us about the vibrant and very contemporary culture that abounds on Taiwan. Living in the capital city of Taipei means living with the latest trends in international fashion, world-class cuisine, and progressive social movements.

If there is only one book you will ever read about Taiwan, this is the book you should read. Once you finish this book, you will most likely want to read more about Taiwan or even plan a visit there. Please join us for this talk to learn more.

Free and Open to the Public. Co-sponsored by the Rosenberg Institute for East Asian Studies at Suffolk University and the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office (TECO) in Boston.

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