SOAS University of London

Centre of Taiwan Studies

Annual Lecture One: How I began my dialogue with Taiwanese Society

Speaker: Professor Chen Fang-Ming

Date: 15 March 2018Time: 7:00 PM

Finishes: 15 March 2018Time: 9:00 PM

Venue: Russell Square: College Buildings Room: KLT

Type of Event: Annual Lecture


In Professor Chen Fang-Ming’s first talk of 2018's annual lecture series, he will be discussing how he first began his dialogue with Taiwanese Society. His journey began in 1975 after becoming a member of Amnesty International, two years into studying at the University of Washington. Following this experience, the issue of human rights became his major concern and in 1980, the Mei-li-Tao incident prompted him to begin expressing his political opinions. As a political dissident, in 1989, Chen returned to Taiwan for the first time after being in exile for 15 years. Following this Chen was invited by DDP Chairman Hsu Hsin-luang to serve as Head of Propaganda for the DPP. In 1995, he chose to leave DPP and took up the post of Professor of Taiwanese Literature at Providence University. In the year 2000, he began to teach at National Chenchih University where he began writing “A History of Modern Taiwanese Literature “. During this time he began to get involved in civil movements to express his views about same-sex issues and nuclear power. In 2017, he published a book entitled Humanism in Contemporary Taiwan, in which he combines his reading of literature and engagement in social movements in order to develop a discourse on civil movement.

Speaker Bio

Professor Fang-Ming Chen was born in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, in 1947 and is currently Chair Professor at the Graduate Institute of Taiwan Literature at National Chengchih University, Taiwan where he majors in Taiwanese History and Taiwanese Literature. His publications include: Revolution and Poetry (2017) and A History of Modern Taiwanese Literature (2011).

Organiser: Centre of Taiwan Studies

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