SOAS University of London

Centre of Taiwan Studies

Book Talk: Taiwan’s China Dilemma: Contested Identities and Multiple Interests in Taiwan’s Cross-Strait Economic Policy

Syaru Shirley Lin

Date: 9 May 2018Time: 3:00 PM

Finishes: 9 May 2018Time: 4:30 PM

Venue: Paul Webley Wing (Senate House) Room: SALT

Type of Event: Talk

Talk Abstract

Despite similar cultures and extensive economic ties, Taiwan and China have not achieved a stable political relationship, let alone progress toward the unification that both governments once claimed to seek. Author Syaru Shirley Lin explains this puzzle by examining the connection between Taiwan’s consolidating national identity and its oscillating economic policy toward China. She also shows how the growing backlash against globalization among the younger generations has obstructed deeper economic ties with China, which was evident in the 2014 Sunflower Student Movement. This poses challenges to Beijing’s management of cross-Strait relations under the Tsai Ing-wen presidency.

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Author Bio

Syaru Shirley Lin teaches political science at the University of Virginia and is a member of the founding faculty of the master’s program in global political economy at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. Her book, Taiwan’s China Dilemma: Contested Identities and Multiple Interests in Taiwan's Cross-Strait Economic Policy, was published by Stanford University Press in 2016. She is currently working on the high income trap in East Asia. Her commentary frequently appears in English and Chinese media.

She graduated from Harvard College and earned her masters and Ph.D. from the University of Hong Kong. Before starting her academic career, Prof. Lin was a partner at Goldman Sachs,
where she spearheaded the firm’s investments in many technology start-ups such as Alibaba
and Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp. Previously, she specialized in the privatization of state-owned enterprises in Singapore and China. Prof. Lin’s present board
service includes Goldman Sachs Asia Bank, Langham Hospitality Investments and Mercuries
Life Insurance. She also advises Crestview Partners and the Focused Ultrasound Foundation
and is a member of the Hong Kong Committee for Pacific Economic Cooperation.

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