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Department of Politics and International Studies

Dr Bi-Yu Chang

BA (Chengchi) MA PhD (City)


Bi-Yu Chang
Department of Politics and International Studies

Senior Teaching Fellow (Department of Politics and International Studies)

Centre of Taiwan Studies

Deputy Director (Center of Taiwan Studies)

Dr Bi-Yu Chang
Email address:
020 7898 4508
SOAS, University of London
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
Russell Square: College Buildings
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Office Hours:
Wednesday 1:30 -2:30 (or by appointment)


The central concern of my research has always been the politics of culture. It has led me to examine the complex interplay between knowledge and power, explore the relationship between culture, place, and identity, and investigate the thorny issues of recent decades, such as nation-building, independence, and cultural identity crisis in Taiwan. Overall, my research interests can be summarised as follows:

  • Identity politics & nationalism – cultural nationalism; identity politics and cultural regulation; nation building and nationalism; education and ideology; Chinese diaspora; post-colonial resistance.
  • Cultural geography – state spatiality; the spatialisation of identity; cartographic representation; geography education.
  • Performing arts – traditional xiqu (particularly Beijing Opera); contemporary theatre; political theatre movement; Taiwanese cinema.
  • A new monograph – Treasure Island: Place, Identity, and Geographical Imagination in Post-war Taiwan – is now under review by Routledge.

Current research and external grants awarded:

Bi-Yu is convenor and a member of three joint research projects funded by the Ministry of Education in Taiwan, including: Politics, Aesthetics, and Homeland Construction: A Re-examination of Taiwanese History of the Early Post-war Period (政治,美學,家/國建構:重探戰後初期台灣史) in 2010; Exploring the Cultural Faces of Taiwan in the 1950s (尋找台灣五O年代文化形貌) in 2009; Mapping Taiwan: Forgotten History and Selected Memories in Post-war Taiwan (擘畫台灣: 戰後台灣的遺忘與記憶) in 2008.

She is currently working on two books – “Imaging Taiwan”(edited volume)(summer 2010), and a research monograph, entitled Treasure Island: Space, Nation, and Identity in Post-war Taiwan.


Authored Books

Chang, Bi-Yu (1996) Sleeves and Rouge: Performance and Life of Wei Hai-ming in Beijing Opera [Shuixiu yu yanzhi Wei Haimin de wutai shengya= 水袖與胭脂:魏海敏的舞臺生涯]. Taipei: Shang-chou Culture (商周文化) Publisher.

Edited Books or Journal Volumes

Chang, Bi-yu and Klöter, Henning , eds. (2012) Imaging and Imagining Taiwan: Identity representation and cultural politics. Wiesbaden, Germany : Harrassowitz Verlag . Wiesbaden. (Studia Formosiana, series 8)

Fell, Dafydd and Henning, Klöter and Chang, Bi-Yu, eds. (2006) What has Changed? Taiwan Before and After the Change in Ruling Parties. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz. (Studia formosiana, vol. 4)

Book Chapters

Chang, Bi-yu (2012) 'Imaging National Landscape: Yushan, modern myth and identity in post-war Taiwan.' In: Chang, Bi-yu and Klöter, Henning , (eds.), Imaging and Imagining Taiwan: Identity representation and cultural politics. Wiesbaden, Germany: Harrassowitz Verlag . Wiesbaden, pp. 149-169. (Studia Formosiana, series 8)

Chang, Bi-yu (2012) 'Introduction.' In: Chang, Bi-yu and Klöter, Henning , (eds.), Imaging and Imagining Taiwan: Identity representation and cultural politics. Wiesbaden, Germany: Harrassowitz, pp. 11-14.

Chang, Bi-Yu (2011) 'Imaging National Landscape: Yushan, Modern Myth and Identity.' In: Chang, Bi-Yu and Klöter, Henning, (eds.), Imagining Taiwan. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz. (Forthcoming)

Chang, Bi-Yu (2009) 'Taiwanese Identity Shift and the Struggle for Cultural Hegemony in the 1990s.' In: Cheng, Chin-Chuan and Wang, I-chun and Totosy de Zepetnek, Steven, (eds.), Cultural Discourse in Taiwan. Kaohsiung: National Sun Yat-sen University Press, pp. 30-51.

Chang, Bi-Yu (2009) 'Film Industry, Taiwan.' In: Pong, David, (ed.), Encyclopedia of Modern China. Vol.2. Detroit, MI: Charles Scribner's Sons, pp. 49-52.

Chang, Bi-Yu (2007) 'Disclaiming and Renegotiating National Memory: Taiwanese Xiqu and Identity.' In: Storm, Carsten and Harrison, Mark, (eds.), The Margins of Becoming: Identity and Culture in Taiwan. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, pp. 51-67.

Chang, Bi-Yu (2006) 'Constructing the Motherland: Culture and the State in Taiwan.' In: Fell, Dafydd and Klöter, Henning and Chang, Bi-Yu, (eds.), What has Changed? Taiwan Before and After the Change in Ruling Parties. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, pp. 187-206.


Chang, Bi-Yu (2011) 'So Close, Yet So Far Away: Imaging Chinese "Homeland" in Taiwan’s Geography Education (1945-67).' Cultural Geographies, 18 (3). pp. 385-412.

Chang, Bi-Yu (2010) '有國無家的想像地理:戰後初期台灣小學地理教育中的家鄉與異鄉、我族與他者 [Imaginary Geography of a Homeless Nation: Home and Abroad, Self and Other in Taiwan’s Elementary Geography Education during the Early Post-war Era].' 台灣文學研究集刊=NTU Studies in Taiwan Literature (8). pp. 85-124.

Chang, Bi-Yu (2006) 'What’s in a Name? The Nationalisation of Traditional Opera in Taiwan.' Studies in Ethnicity and Nationalism, 6 (2). pp. 89-104.

Chang, Bi-Yu (2005) 'Youth, Tobacco, and the Smell of the Rebel: DV8 Special Report [qingchun yancao panni de qiwei=青春 菸草 叛逆的氣味: DV8 特別企畫].' Performing Arts Review= Biaoyan yishu 表演藝術 (147). pp. 14-19.

Chang, Bi-Yu (2004) 'From Taiwanisation to De-sinification: Culture Construction in Taiwan since the 1990s.' China Perspectives (56). pp. 34-44.

Chang, Bi-Yu (2004) 'De la taiwanisation à la dé-sinisation: la politique culturelle depuis les années 1990.' Perspectives Chinoises . pp. 38-49.

Fell, Dafydd and Chang, Bi-Yu (2004) 'Taiwan’s KMT and DPP Eras: A Comparison [Special Edition].' China Perspectives (56). p. 2.

Book Reviews

Chang, Bi-yu (2004) 'Review of 'Transformation! Innovation? Perspectives on Taiwan Culture'.' China Quarterly, 179 . pp. 835-837.

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