Southeast Asia and Taiwan: Politics, Aesthetics, Indigeneity


Day 1 – Thursday, April 25th

8:30 a.m. – Coffee & Pastries*

9:00 a.m. – Welcome & Opening Remarks
James Lin, University of Washington

9:20 a.m. – Session 1: Southeast Asia in Taiwan

Situating “Southeast Asia” in the Making of the Southern Branch of the National Palace Museum in Taiwan | Pin-Yi Li, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Cold War Co-Prosperity Sphere: Science and Culture Exchange between Taiwan and South Vietnam from the 1950s to the 1970s | Linh Vu, Arizona State University
Strategizing Taiwan’s Warm Power Diplomacy to Southeast Asia | Alan Yang, National Chengchi University

Moderator: Bill Lavely, University of Washington

10:50 a.m. – Mid-Morning Break

11:00 a.m. – Session 2: Transnational Indigeneity

Transnational Indigenism in Asia | Prasit Leepreecha, Chiang Mai University
Culture, Gender, and Care: A Study of Tao Indigenous Widow’s Social Suffering and Resilience | Lenglengman Rovaniyaw, National Dong Hwa University
Transnational Indigeneity in Taiwan and the Interactions with the Philippines | Margaret Tu, University of Washington

Moderator: Tony Lucero, University of Washington

12:30 p.m. – Lunch*

1:30 p.m. – Session 3: Science, Environment, Materiality
Connections between SEA and Taiwan via Sea – the Trace of Ancient Iron Technology in Taiwan | Jiun-yu Liu, University of Washington
The Abundant, Free Supply of Radiant Energy: Taiwan, Green Revolution, and Cropping System Research in Southeast Asia, 1962-1982 | Leo Chu, Cambridge University
Navigating Boundaries: Rethinking Laboratory and Field Science through NAMRU-2’s Imperial Mobility in Postwar Taiwan within the East-Southeast Asia Intersection | Shinyi (Hsin-Yi) Hsieh, Harvard University

Moderator: Celia Lowe, University of Washington

3:00 p.m. – Afternoon Break

3:10 p.m. – Session 4: Civil Society and Activism Across Borders
Taiwan, the PRC, and Indonesia: How Sino-Indonesian Relations Affect State-Civil Society Relations in Indonesia | Suraya Afiff, Universitas Indonesia
The Sprint and the Marathon: The Philippine and Taiwanese Constitution-making Processes in Comparative Perspective | Francis Sollano, La Trobe University

Moderator: Vicente L. Rafael, University of Washington

5:30 p.m. – Dinner*

Day 2 – Friday, April 26th

8:30 a.m. – Coffee & Pastries*

9:00 a.m. – Session 5: Taiwan in Southeast Asia
Ambiguous Grounds: Taiwanese Artists in the Global South | Chris Chan, University of California, Berkeley
Pursuing Paradise in Precarious Life: Young Taiwanese workers in the Philippines | Zihlun Huang, Syracuse University
Engaging Queer Taiwan with Sinophone Southeast Asia | Ting-Fai Yu, Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study

Moderator: James Lin, University of Washington

10:30 a.m. – Mid-Morning Break

10:40 a.m. – Session 6: Diaspora and Migration

Co-Sovereignty, Diaspora Policy and Anti-Communist Cooperation: Free Villages in Saigon, 1954-61 | Adrian Kwong, University of Oxford
Taiwan in Muslim worlds: Arabia-Asia connections, geopolitics, and precarious migrations | Yannis-Adam Allouache, National University of Singapore
Resurrecting Taiwan’s Contributions to the IndoChinese Refugee Crisis | Alvin Bui, University of Washington

Moderator: Christoph Giebel, University of Washington

12:10 p.m. – Lunch*

1:30 p.m. – Session 7: Visual Arts and Literature
Moving Connections: Affective Aesthetics in Contemporary Visual Art Portrayal of Southeast Asian Migrant Workers in Taiwan | Fiona Yu-Lun Hsu, Independent Researcher
Dialogues in the Third Space (Le Moulin in Taiwan and The Spring and Autumn Group in Vietnam) | Le Thuy Tuong Vi, Vietnam National University
Worlding Taiwan Literature through the Writings by Southeast-Asian Migrants in Taiwan | Joan ChangNational Taiwan Normal University

Moderator: Nazry Bahrawi, University of Washington

3:00 p.m. – Closing Remarks
Celia Lowe, University of Washington

*Please note all meals and food are for invited conference participants only. Thank you for your understanding.

If you have any questions, please contact the organizing committee at Accommodation requests related to disability or health condition should be made to Michael Walstrom at with “April Workshop” in the subject line at least ten days ahead of event date.

Happening at UW

The Taiwan Studies Program will also have a number of events that coincide with the conference. All conference participants are welcome to join. Please click the following links for registration information.

April 24 – Island X: Taiwanese Student Migrants, Campus Spies, and Cold War Activism with Wendy Cheng – Book Talk

April 24 – “MUSIC, ISLAND, STORIES: TAIWAN CALLING!” – Public Roundtable & Reception

April 25 and 26 – “MUSIC, ISLAND, STORIES: TAIWAN CALLING!” – Guided Exhibition Tour