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Taiwan and the World in Transition: Opportunities and Challenges

November 10, 2018 – November 11, 2018 all-day
Kennesaw State University
1000 Chastain Road
Kennesaw, GA 30144
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The Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the U.S.
The College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Kennesaw State University

Saturday November 10, 2018

Opening Ceremony:CL 1010 (Kennesaw Campus)

8:30 – 9:00 am

  • Kerwin Swint, Interim Dean, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, Kennesaw State University
  • Vincent Jing-Yen Liu, Director General, Taipei Economic & Cultural Office in Atlanta

Panel I:9:00 – 10:20 am CL 1010 (Kennesaw Campus)

Democracy and Political Governance

Chair: John Hsieh, University of South Carolina

  • “Taiwan’s Civil-Military Relations and the DPP Government after 2016”

Wei-Chin Lee, Wake Forest University

  • “Monuments and Mandates: Transitional Justice, Regime Legitimacy and the Fate of National Memorials in Taiwan and China”

Karl Fields, University of Puget Sound

  • “Diversionary Behavior for Weak State Leaders”

Yao-Yuan Yeh, University of St. Thomas

Charles Kuan-Sheng Wu, Purdue University

Discussant: Jessica Liao, North Carolina State University

Panel II: 10:30 – 11:50 am CL 1010 (Kennesaw Campus)

Political Attitudes and Behaviors

Chair: Hans Stockton, University of St. Thomas

  • “Understanding the Sources and Patterns of Attitudes Toward Minorities in Taiwan”

Pei-Te Lien, University of California, Santa Barbara

Amanda Brush, University of California, Santa Barbara

  • “How Do Candidate Selection and Symmetry of Single-Member District and Proportional Representation Affect Parliamentary Party Behavior in Mixed-Member Majoritarian Systems: A Comparative Analysis of Taiwan and South Korea”

Mi-Son Kim, University of Texas Rio Grande Valley

  • “Personality Traits and Political Participation in Taiwan”

Chia-Hung Tsai, National Chengchi University

Dennis Lu-Chung Weng, Sam Houston State University

Ching-Hsing Wang, University of Houston

Discussant: Chien-Kai Chen, Rhodes College

Lunch: CL 1009 (Kennesaw Campus)

12:00 – 1:15 pm

Panel III: 1:30 – 2:50 pm CL 1010 (Kennesaw Campus)

Taiwan’s Foreign Relations and Diplomatic Initiatives

Chair: Yuan-Kang Wang, Western Michigan University

  • “Sino-Vatican Negotiations: Implications for Taiwan”

Tun-Jen Cheng, College of William and Mary

  • “Taiwan’s Quest for International Space: Continuity and Adaptation in the Tsai Era”

Jacques deLisle, University of Pennsylvania

  • “Establishing Bilateral Trade Agreement Without Mutual Diplomatic Relations: The Case of the Republic of China on Taiwan”

Yao-Yuan Yeh, University of St. Thomas

Discussant: Yuan-Kang Wang, Western Michigan University

Panel IV: 3:00 – 4:20 pm CL 1010 (Kennesaw Campus)

Cross-Strait Relations and Issues

Chair: T. Y. Wang, Illinois State University

  • “Cross-Strait Relations in Era of Xi’s China Dream”

John Garver, Georgia Tech

  • “Who Do Taiwanese Trust to Engage in Political Negotiation with Beijing?”

Shi-Huei Yang, Columbia University & National Taiwan University

  • “China-Taiwan Relations: the Rule of Law and the Rule of ‘Carrots and Sticks’”

Yu-Jie Chen, Academia Sinica

Jerome A. Cohen, New York University

  • “How Chinese Legal Advice Websites Imagine a Unified China”

John Wagner Givens, Kennesaw State University

Discussants: T.Y. Wang, Illinois State University

Dalton Lin, Georgia Tech

Roundtable:4:30 – 5:50 pm CL 1010 (Kennesaw Campus)

Promoting Taiwan Studies in the U.S.

Chair: Emerson Niou, Duke University


  • Brett Benson, Vanderbilt University
  • Tsung Chi, Occidental College
  • Thomas Gold, University of California, Berkeley
  • Vincent Wang, Ithaca College

Sunday November 11, 2018

Panel V: 8:30 – 9:50 am CL 1010 (Kennesaw Campus)

Taiwan’s Political Economy in Regional and Global Contexts

Chair: Penny Prime, Georgia State University

  • “China Factor in Taiwan’s New South-bound Policy: A Comparative Study of Malaysia and the Philippines”

Karl Ho, University of Texas, Dallas

Tim Chen, Soochow University

Kuan-Chen Lee, Academia Sinica

  • “The Polarization of Cross-Strait Relations since 2016”
  1. Philip Hsu, National Taiwan University
  • “Taiwan’s Energy (In) Security: Challenges to Growth and Development”

Prachi Aggarwal, Sanchi University

Discussant: Dina Moulioukova, University of Miami

Panel VI: 10:00 – 11:20 am CL 1010 (Kennesaw Campus)

Young Scholars Panel

Chair: Tse-min Lin, University of Texas, Austin

  • “Does Income Inequality Hurt Democracy? Evidence From East Asian Democracies”

Yi-Tzu Lin, University of South Carolina

  • “Critical Citizens, Democratic Satisfaction, and Support in Asian Democracies”

Yu-Ceng Liao, University of Houston

  • “Smart Diplomacy: The Case for Taiwan’s Southbound Strategy”

Adnan Rasool, Georgia State University

Discussant: Dennis Lu-Chung Weng, Sam Houston State University

Lunch: CL 1009 (Kennesaw Campus)

11:30 am – 1:30 pm

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