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2018/2019 School of Chinese Research Student Seminar

The Narrative Changes of Taiwanese History in Taiwan’s Historical Education

朱家恒 Mr. Chu Ka Hang

May 17, 2019 (Friday); 5:30-6:45pm
Rm730, Run Run Shaw Tower
Language: Cantonese


Under the Ministry of Education, the National Institute for Compilation and Translation (NICT) has monopolized the compilation of textbooks in Taiwan since the end of World War II. The history textbooks complied by NICT fully reflected the “orthodox China-centered” doctrine of history upheld by the Kuomintang government. However, when the “Understanding Taiwan” curriculum was introduced in 1997, NICT adopted a completely different approach emphasizing Taiwanese identity. Such a phenomenon could be explained by the vigorous development of Taiwan studies after the lifting of martial law in 1987. This seminar will compare the narratological approaches of the Taiwan history textbooks and the Understanding Taiwan textbooks and critically examine their relationship to the scholarship of Taiwan studies at that time to explore how historical research affected historical education and shaped ideology, resulting in a rewriting of school textbooks of history. This will shed new light on our understanding of how national identity was reconstructed by academic authority and historical education in a given socio-political context.


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