Welcome to the academic world of Taiwanese humanities and social studies. Here you will be guided through the development of Taiwan's rich tradition in Sinology, and receive an introduction to the many rising fields of research in the domain of Taiwan studies.
Sinology in Taiwan has its roots in immigrant Han society and government cultural and educational establishments during the Ming and Qing dynasties. In the early twentieth century, Sinology in Taiwan was a subfield of Japan's Oriental studies. After 1949, it became a model for Sinology studies during the Chinese Cultural Renaissance movement. Today, after half a century of development, Taiwanese Sinology brings together top-notch talent and research resources.
Enjoying significant vitality among the populace, Sinology studies in Taiwan possess both traditional and modern characteristics, and has allowed Taiwan to become a major academic center in the Sinic world. In addition, with advances in democracy and freedom of speech since 1987, Taiwanese history, literature, and culture have also become emerging fields of research for Taiwanese humanities and social studies. Important breakthroughs have been made in the compilation of historical data and the development of new research topics and theoretical perspectives, gaining substantial attention from the international academic community.
The following introduction is divided into two categories— Recent Scholarship and Academic News—and will principally cover the following representative institutions: Academia Sinica, the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange, the National Library's Center for Chinese Studies, National Taiwan University, the National Museum of Taiwan Literature, and the National Taiwan Library's Taiwan Study Research Center. Important academic achievements and the latest research activities in Taiwanese sinology and Taiwan studies will be introduced. Information on financial assistance and awards for conducting research in Taiwan is also provided here.
Those interested in Taiwan Studies and Sinology may browse an abundance of materials on the website of Taiwan Academy or go to the Academy's three physical "Resource Points" for various hard-copy resources. The three physical centers are located in New York1, Houston2, and Los Angeles3, where users may find selections of more than 500 books and videos covering topics including philosophy, religion, socio-politics, history, geography, language, literature, and art.
By setting up Resource Points, we hope to draw international attention to Taiwanese government and independent publications and increase the accessibility of materials on Taiwan Studies. Using the Resource Points and internet resources, Sinologists across the world will be able to share and make use of our findings and publications.
- New York: 1 E 42nd Street. New York, NY, 10017, U.S.A
- Houston: 10303 Westoffice Drive, Houston, TX 77042, U.S.A
- Los Angeles: 9443 Telstar Ave. El Monte, CA 91731, U.S.A.