On April 24th the World Affairs Council, in partnership with The East Asia Resource Center and the Center for Global Studies, looked at the role of Taiwan through history and up to the present day. James Lin, a Jackson School of International Studies historian with a focus on Taiwan, gave an in-depth lecture regarding the history of Taiwan. Beginning in the colonial era, James discussed how Spanish and Dutch rule marked the beginning of Taiwan as a colony. Colonial rule over Taiwan would continue until Japan lost control of the Island following World War II, and China regained power over Taiwan. James then transitioned to discuss how Taiwan has played a pivotal role in U.S.-China relations during the Cold War and continues to do so today. Following James’ lecture, Yurika Kurakata offered a lesson plan based on deciphering and understanding Taiwanese and Chinese propaganda posters from the Cold War era. Finally , to conclude the evening, our own Global Classroom Program Coordinator Tobias Osterhaug provided some insight into his past teaching experience in Taiwan and Taiwanese culture through a Fulbright opportunity.
Please find Global Classroom’s resource packet for the Taiwan in the Balance event linked below. In the packet you will find links to relevant articles, historical documents and pictures, videos, lesson plan ideas, and more.