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Taiwan: Where We Are At

View of Taipei, Taiwan - Photo by TangChi Lee on Unsplash

About the “Where We Are At” Series

With a 24-hour uninterrupted, busy news cycle, it can be difficult to stay updated on East Asia and to grasp the relevance of the news we see. This online program series helps teachers with a recap of how China, Xinjiang, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong and Taiwan stand on the domestic and international stage, provides a summary and the specific context of what happened in each East Asian country in the last few months, and allows for a place for teachers to ask questions to a regional expert. Whether you closely follow East Asia or want to learn more about why you should be paying attention to it, this program is a great occasion to deepen your knowledge and understanding.

Teachers join the EARC staff and guest speakers from the faculty of the Jackson School of International Studies at the University of Washington and other regional experts for a discussion on the contextual relevance of recent and current events.

This program is sponsored by the East Asia Resource Center at the University of Washington, and funded by a Freeman Foundation grant in support of the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA).


These are stand-alone programs, and teachers can sign up for as many as they would like. The first event of this series focused on Taiwan and was led by Professor James Lin.

If you would like to sign up for a different session of this series, just follow the links for the China sessionHong Kong sessionXinjiang session and North and South Korea session. The session on Japan will be announced soon.

Taiwan: Where We Are At Session

Date: Tuesday, October 19, 2021.

Time: 4:30 to 6:30 PM, Pacific Time.

Regional Expert

James Lin is a historian of Taiwan and its interactions with the world in the 20th century, and the first faculty to be hired as part of the Jackson School’s new Taiwan Studies Program. Professor Lin provided a summary of the latest updates on Taiwan, followed by a moderated Q&A session. The last 10 minutes of the program were dedicated to recommendations from Professor Lin on what kind of topics, events or news to look out for in the next few months, as well as his own predictions.


Two free WA OSPI clock hours were available for participants who request them.