SOAS University of London

Centre of Taiwan Studies

The Social Basis of Taiwan’s Cross-Strait Policy Liberalization: 2008-2012

Chen Chih-jou
Chen Chih-jou (Academia Sinica, Sociology)

Date: 9 December 2013Time: 6:00 PM

Finishes: 9 December 2013Time: 7:30 PM

Venue: Brunei Gallery Room: B104

Type of Event: 0

Speaker's Bio

Chih-Jou Jay Chen is Associate Research Fellow at the Institute of Sociology of Academia Sinica, and a jointly appointed Associate Professor at the Institute of Sociology, National Tsing Hua University. He was also the Director of the Center for Contemporary China, National Tsing Hua University (2007-12). Dr. Chen’s research interests include social capital, social stratification, cross-Strait relations and interactions, and popular protests in China. He is the author of Transforming Rural China: How Local Institutions Shape Property Rights in China (Routledge, 2004), and the co-editor of Social Capital and Its Institutional Contingency: A Study of the United States, China and Taiwan (Routledge, 2013).

Abstract of the Talk

The Social Basis of Taiwan’s Cross-Strait Policy Liberalization: 2008-2012

This lecture examines the social basis of cross-strait policies in Taiwan. Drawing on data from telephone surveys conducted during 2010, the project investigates Taiwanese people's attitudes towards various cross-strait policies, including (1) ECFA (Economic Cooperation Framework Agreement), (2) allowing Chinese students to study in Taiwan, (3) recognizing Chinese diplomas and degrees, (4) allowing self-guided individual Chinese tourists in Taiwan, and (5) increasing the daily quota of Chinese tourists on group tours in Taiwan. The study found that the Taiwanese people’s stance towards diverse China-related policies varied and was indeed affected by their socio-political backgrounds. On the one hand, aged citizens, men in general, pan-KMT supporters, and higher-income citizens were more likely to support Taiwan government’s cross-strait policies; one the other hand, younger citizens, women in general, non-pan-KMT supporters, and lower-income citizens tended towards non-supportive stances of the same policies. This trend continued in similar surveys on cross-strait policies in later years. These divisions of opinion reflected the social impacts of rapidly changing cross-strait relations in Taiwan.

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