Taiwan Perspectives is a series of conferences focusing on Taiwan society. Through the various presentations from researchers and players in Taiwan studies, the conferences aim to shed light on critical contemporary issues in Taiwan. This series of conferences, organized in parallel to the “Taiwan and its memory spaces” seminar, is open to any person wishing to learn more about Taiwanese society in all its diversity.

Taiwan Perspectives

In Search of a Chinese National Identity: Implementation and Use of the Concept of Zhonghua Minzu 中華民族

Monday 17 February 2020

18h30-20h, Room 7-51, EHESS, 54 Bd Raspail - 75006 Paris

Félix Jun Ma – Senior Lecturer, Paul-Valéry Montpellier 3 University

The presentation takes as its subject the question of how the modern Chinese identity was constructed. At the end of the Qing, the military defeats of the Chinese empire at the hands of the Western nations and Japan brought about the collapse of the Sinocentric vision. This fundamental transformation forced China to build a nation-state comprising a political reassessment based on the collective identity of the nation. When the term zhonghua minzu (“Chinese nation” or “Chinese nationality”) was coined, it was primarily in reference to the Japanese concept of zokumin 族民, which emphasizes the historical and cultural factors on which the nation is based, but it is also in contrast to the notion of zhongzu 種族 (“race”), which distinguishes peoples on the basis of primarily physical characteristics. The concept was also redefined to bring together the various ethnic groups living on Chinese territory, that is, the Han Chinese, the Muslim Hui, Mongols, Tibetans, etc. Its use became widespread and was a genuine popular success, first during the Second Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945) and then under the Communist regime. In mainland China, the notion of zhonghua minzu is also promoted by Beijing with the idea of incorporating the Taiwanese into the Chinese nation under the banner of national reunification. In Taiwan, on the other hand, while the Kuomintang tried to strengthen this Chinese identity so dear to the people during the era of Chiang Kai-shek and Chiang Ching-kuo, this “orthodox” vision is now being challenged by the Progressive Democratic Party, which defends a “distinctly Taiwanese” identity. Thus, the many uses made of the concept of zhonghua minzu are just as problematic as its creation.

Stories of an original sin: the narrative of the 28 February Incident in Taiwan, from 1947 to today

Victor Louzon – Lecturer, Sorbonne Université

以融合重塑认同——两岸认同矛盾下大陆对台 《同等待遇》 融合路径与效果初探

Thursday 13 June 2019

17h00-18h30, Room A5-51, EHESS, 54 Bd Raspail - 75006 Paris

郑振清 (Zheng Zhengqin) – 清华大学台湾研究院 (Tsinghua University Research Center on Taiwan, Beijing)

Guest Speaker : Xiaohong Xiao-Planes (Inalco)

Nation, Migration, Identity: Learning from the Cross-Strait Context

Jeudi 14 mars 2019

18h00-19h30, Salle A7-37, EHESS, 54 Bd Raspail - 75006 Paris

Lara Momesso – Lecturer, University of Central Lancashire

Representing a non-recognized State: the job of a Taiwanese diplomat

Tuesday 29 January 2019

17h00-18h30, Room A7-37, EHESS, 54 Bd Raspail - 75006 Paris

Françoise Mengin – Senior Researcher, Sciences Po

Memorial service and transitional justice

Monday 17 december 2018

17h15-20h, Room 1, EHESS, 105 Bd Raspail - 75006 Paris

Wang Huei-min (王惠民) – Docteur en science politique de l’Université de Tamkang (淡江大學政治學博士)
Commémoration et souvenir des « Morts pour la patrie » : quelle place dans la politique de préservation du patrimoine historique et culturel à Taïwan ?
(Présentation en chinois avec traduction française)

Lee Suen-cheng (李鎨澂) – Chercheur de la Fondation nationale d’études politiques (國家政策研究基金會研究員)
La politique de justice transitionnelle et son impact sur l’évolution de la mémoire historique à Taïwan.
(Présentation en français)

Taiwan studies and cross-strait youth exchanges

Friday 9 November 2018

Zhang Baorong (张宝蓉)
Chen Chao (陈超)
Xiao Rikui (萧日葵)

Taiwan Research Institute of Xiamen University (厦门大学台湾研究院)


Is there a place for a Taiwanese identity in international society?

Monday 29 october 2018

Mister Ambassador Wu Chih-Chung, Taipei Representative in France