by Ming-sho Ho, National Taiwan University, Taiwan In protest against a sweeping trade liberalization agreement with China, Taiwan’s university students stormed the national legislature in the evening of March 18, 2014, unexpectedly giving rise to a 24-day occupation of parliament, and a subsequent political crisis. The so-called Sunflower Movement partly inspired and was often linked […]

by Hwa-Jen Liu, National Taiwan University, Taiwan and Treasurer of ISA Research Committee on Labor Movements (RC44) On November 13, 1970, Korean textile worker Chun Tae-Il led a ten-man demonstration protesting dire working conditions, demanding “a nine-hour workday with four days off a month.” As the confrontation came to an end, Chun set himself on […]

by Pei-Chia Lan, National Taiwan University, Taiwan and member of ISA Research Committees on Family (RC06) and Labor Movements (RC44) Taiwan’s fertility rate is now one of the lowest in the world. Raising their ever-more precious and vulnerable children, Taiwanese parents are constantly advised by expert opinions, often translated from the West, to attend to […]

by Thung-hong Lin, Academia Sinica, Taiwan and member of ISA Research Committees on Social Stratification (RC28) and Sociology of Disasters (RC39) Taiwan has experienced great economic, political and social changes during the last three decades. However, most sociological literature on Taiwan still only focuses on its story of successful development. Conventional wisdom usually includes: a […]

by Mau-kuei Chang, Academia Sinica, Taiwan, and member of the ISA Research Committee on Racism, Nationalism, and Ethnic Relations (RC05) A full account of the current status of sociology in Taiwan would be impossible; instead, I offer a few examples illustrating how sociologists “do sociology” in Taiwan. I begin with the most recent annual meeting […]

by Hong-Zen Wang, National Sun Yat-sen University, Kaohsiung, Taiwan and member of the ISA Research Committee on Migration (RC31) Disseminating professional knowledge in Taiwan’s current academic environment is not an easy job: university administrations do not encourage such “unproductive” work. Any social scientist who wants to engage in public affairs risks being stigmatized as “unacademic.” […]

by Yuan Tseh Lee, President of the International Council for Science (ICSU) and former President of Academia Sinica, Taiwan and Andrew Wei-Chih Yang, Special Assistant to the President of ICSU At a meeting a couple of years back, we were discussing the need to restrain development in order to prevent dangerous climate change, when an […]

by Hsin-Huang Michael Hsiao, Director of the Institute of Sociology, Academia Sinica, Taiwan, and former President of the Taiwanese Sociological Association In retrospect, the history of sociology in Taiwan has its own unique character. Though Taiwan was under the Japanese colonial rule between 1895 and 1945, there is no evident legacy or inheritance from the […]

by Su-Jen Huang, National Taipei University, Taiwan Begun less than 60 years ago with only a handful of sociologists with hardly any PhD training, sociology in Taiwan has grown in recent years into a discipline of about 300 PhD-level scholars. It has made significant progress in research and often contributed to public policy deliberation. It […]