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Taiwan in the Balance


Although Taiwan is a small island of 23 million people today, its history is rich with themes that illuminate and contribute to our understanding of major historical issues such as migration, colonialism, industrialization, ethnicity and identity, the Cold War, and democratization. Its unresolved status as a “state” inserts Taiwan into larger conflicts between the US and China, where it serves as a potential hot spot for global conflict. Its surprising, rapid transition from an authoritarian regime during the Cold War to a vibrant democracy can tell us more about why societies democratize. This workshop focused on how Taiwan can be used to teach these larger historical and social questions, including how Taiwan is similar to other global examples or how Taiwan serves as a unique site of study.

Workshop speakers

James Lin, Assistant Professor at the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies, Tobias Osterhaug of Global Classroom at the World Affairs Council and Yurika Kurakata of the East Asia Resource Center.

Meeting details

Date: Tuesday, April 24, 2018
Check-in Time: 4:30 PM to 5:00 PM
Time: 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM
Location: University of Washington in Seattle, Thomson Hall (THO) 317


Benefits included teaching materials, a light dinner, on campus parking and 3 free OSPI clock hours.


This workshop was sponsored by the East Asia Resource Center (EARC) in the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington and the Global Classroom program at the World Affairs Council, and was co-sponsored by the Center for Global Studies at the Henry M. Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington.