SemesterSpring Semester, 2021
DepartmentSophomore Class of Department of History
Course NameSocial and Cultural History of Modern Taiwan
InstructorLAN SHI-CHI
Course TypeElective
Course Objective
Course Description
Course Schedule

Class Assignment:

Week 1: Overview of Taiwan’s modern history; ethnic groups, time and space

Gold, Thomas B. “Taiwan Society at the Fin De Siécle.” The China Quarterly 148 (1996): 1091–1114


Week 2: Aborigines: Society and Culture

Guest Lecturer: Yi-tze LEE 李宜澤,Assistant Professor, Department of Ethnic Relations and Cultures, National Dong Hwa University 國立東華大學原住民民族學院族群關係與文化學系助理教授


Week 3: 17th century popular culture

Guest Lecturer: Ann Heylen, Professor, Department of Taiwan Culture, Languages, and Literature, National Taiwan Normal University


Week 4: Urban space as history 1: Da Dao Cheng and Meng Jia (Bangka)

Visiting the Dadaocheng Customers of Tai-yi-hou in Nagasaki through Time Traveling,

Reminisce the Century-old Stores Lin-fu-zhen Store and Qian-yuan Pharmacy on Dihua Street,


Week 5: Japanese Culture in Taiwan

Guest Lecturer: Amae Yoshihisa天江喜久, Associate Professor, Chang Jung Christian University

Week 6: Urban space as history 2: Pro-colonial or post-colonial? Japanese-era architecture and urban planning

Guest Lecturer: Amae Yoshihisa天江喜久, Associate Professor, Chang Jung Christian University


Week 7: The great exodus of 1949

Movie screening:「香蕉天堂」

Yang, Dominic Meng-Hsuan. The Great Exodus from China: Trauma, Memory, and Identity in Modern Taiwan. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2020


Week 8: Urban space as history 3: “Inner City” and political symbols

Guest Lecturer: Shu-mei HUANG黃舒楣, Associate Professor, Graduate Institute of Building and Planning, National Taiwan University



Week 9: Industrialization and Food Safety

Guest Lecturer: Wei-an Yang 楊惟安, Assistant Professor, Department of History, Fu-Jen Catholic University, Taiwan

Mid-term paper due


Week 10: Agricultural production (sugar, banana, pineapple) and Industrialization


Week 11: Religion

Sutton, Donald S. “Ritual Drama and Moral Order: Interpreting the Gods' Festival Troupes of Southern Taiwan.” The Journal of Asian Studies 49, no. 3 (1990): 535–54

Jordan, David K. 1972. Gods, Ghosts and Ancestors: Folk Religion in a Taiwanese Village. Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press

Sangren, P. Steven. “History and the Rhetoric of Legitimacy: The Ma Tsu Cult of Taiwan.” Comparative Studies in Society and History 30, no. 4 (1988): 674–97

Katz, Paul R. “Religion and the State in Post-War Taiwan.” The China Quarterly 174 (2003): 395–412


Week 12: Gender and Family

Guest Lecturer: Hsiu-hua SHEN 沈秀華, Associate Professor, Institute of Sociology, National Tsing Hua University

“Her History in Taiwan” website,


Week 13: Fine Arts

“Cross-Boundary Dream Pursuers: Taiwanese Painters’ Trajectories in Foreign Countries during the Japanese Colonial Period” website,

“Convergence of Nature and Culture: Seeing Tamsui through Artists’ Eyes” website,


Week 14: Visit and talk at the Palace Museum

Guest Lecturer: 鄭淑方

Wang, Horng-luen. “National Culture and Its Discontents: The Politics of Heritage and Language in Taiwan, 1949–2003.” Comparative Studies in Society and History 46, no. 4 (2004): 786–815


Week 15: Performing Arts, Theatre, Music

Guest Lecturer: Chun-yen Wang汪俊彥, Assistant Professor, National Taiwan University



Week 16: class presentation


Week 17: class presentation


Week 18: Final Paper due

Teaching Methods
Teaching Assistant

Students are required to finish assigned readings before class and participate in class discussion. Active class participation is required. The final grade will consist of the followings:

Class participation: 25%; Mid-term paper: 25%; Final research paper (including class presentation): 50%

Textbook & Reference
Urls about Course

Social and Cultural History of Modern Taiwan?20210220.pdf