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A speaker at the Taiwan Conference gives a presentation.

Taiwan Conference

For more than 20 years, the Taiwan Studies Program has hosted our country's premier annual conference on Taiwan and fostered enduring relationships with academic and government institutions in the island nation.

The Taiwan Studies Program, with the longstanding support of the Taiwan Economic and Cultural Office (TECO), brings together internationally renowned scholars for its annual Taiwan Conference, the most enduring and substantial event of its kind in the U.S.  In addition, the program sponsors colloquia, visiting scholars and artists, cultural events and student research.

Our program encourages undergraduate student exchanges, which gives our students a greater understanding of the geography, culture, politics and economics of Taiwan and Asia. We also stay in touch with our Taiwanese alumni, many of whom have gone on to high-ranking positions in government and business in Taiwan.

Year Topic


 Taiwan and the China Seas


 Prospects and Challenges for Trade Diplomacy


 The Pivot of East Asia


 Building National Security for the Republic of China


 E.C.F.A.: A New Regional Paradigm


 Taiwan at the Center


 The Cultural Flow Between Taiwan and Japan


 Thirty Years After the Taiwan Relations Act


 Origins and Consequences of the Electoral Reform,
cohosted by Center for China Studies, College of Social Science, National Taiwan University


 Charismatic Modernity: Popular Culture in Taiwan


 Taiwan's Religion, Political Process, and Civil Society


The Politics of Taiwanese Business-People in Mainland China