Group photo of the meeting
During the Conference the Prof. Christian Soffel, Dr. Thomas Fliß and Dr. Josie-Marie Perkuhn representing TAP met with Nancy Wu and Jeff Fan from UTC.

The TAP team participated in the 24th Biennial Conference of the European Association for Chinese Studies (EACS), held in Olomouc, Czech Republic, from August 24 to August 27, 2022. TAP successfully composed and presented each members project at the panel “ Taiwan’s Innovative Roles in the Global Megatrends: An Interdisciplinary Approach”. In this hybrid panel, Dr. Perkuhn started with her individual project concerning the innovation-driven pathway that today grounds Taiwan’s digital democracy and is a good example for how Taiwan fulfills its pioneering role in the regional East-Asian context. Then, Dr. Chien reconstructed the history of adopting François Gouin’s Direct Method in the early phase of the Japanese colonial rule over Taiwan, tracing the later dissemination of the Method in modern East Asia. Dr. Fliß presented the results of a corpus analysis dedicated to the rhyme features, and rhyme behaviour changes of Taiwanese rhyme literature. Dr. Keyser-Verreault concluded the presentation round describing Taiwan institutionalization and marketization of traditional postpartum care.

 [Panelabstract] Taiwan’s Innovative Roles in the Global Megatrends: An Interdisciplinary Approach:


Christian Soffel (Universität Trier, Germany)


Josie-Marie Perkuhn (Universität Trier, Germany)
Hung-Yi Chien (Ruhr Universität Bochum, Germany)
Thomas Fliß (Universität Trier, Germany)
Amélie Keyser-Verreault (Concordia University & National Taiwan University, Canada)
Christian Soffel (Universität Trier, Germany)

Situated at the crossroads of different cultures, powers, and nations, Taiwan has developed its unique strategies to adapt to new situations in historical contingencies, equipping it with pioneering responses to nowadays megatrends. As a distinct case among East Asian societies, Taiwan’s responses to modernity deserve more attention in the field of Chinese studies. The four panelists propose their studies about modern Taiwan in political sciences, history, linguistics, and anthropology to offer different, yet connected angles in European Chinese studies. They will examine Taiwan’s recent innovations in the modern era and contextualize these successes in a broader background of modernity. They will set a general tone by demonstrating Taiwan’s pioneering status in the recent four decades, and, in doing so, the panelists present early studies of a larger research agenda on four beneficial political framework, teaching foreign languages, developing new rhyming patterns, and modernizing postnatal care. These developments reflect Taiwanese people’s responses to global challenges in the modern era. This critical period transformed Taiwan from a traditional community in the Sinophone world into a globally distinct and innovative society in East Asia. By arguing Taiwan’s innovative roles, the panelists also intend to play creative roles in European Chinese studies by proposing solutions in their selected topics. The aim of these efforts is to point out novel approaches and frameworks in European Chinese studies. This panel takes up the research focus on Taiwan to generate empirical material from different angles and research approaches to amplify the research portfolio on Chinese Studies.


Josie-Marie Perkuhn: Innovation Hub Taiwan: Asian’s Pioneer in Facing Global Challenges


Hung-yi Chien: Pioneering in Modern Pedagogy: The Modernization of Teaching Foreign Language by the Normal School at Taihoku (Taipei) 


Thomas Fliß: Rhyme Features and Rhyme Behaviour Changes in Taiwanese Rhyme Literature – Exemplified by Selected Taiwanese Rhyme Literature Genres 


Amélie Keyser-Verreault: Taiwan As Pioneer in Professionalizing Traditional Postnatal Care Practices: Investing in Human Capital from the Beginning through Postnatal Care Centres.

https://easychair.org/smart-program/EACS2022/2022-08-24.html#talk:194798  (Link zum Tagesprogramm und Abstracts)