Two Writers from Taiwan visit Bochum
On Monday and Tuesday, 18 and 19 June 2013, the Research Unit hosted two prominent writers from Taiwan, Wu Mingyi 吳明益 and Wu Yinning 吳音寧. On Tuesday from 10 to 12 a.m., the two writers read passages from their books and answered questions from the audience. The event was well attended and audience participation was lively. [poster]
Since the early 1980s, under the leadership of the late Professor Helmut Martin, the research activities of the Department of Chinese Languages and Literatures at the Faculty of East Asian Studies have focused increasingly on Taiwan, in particular the country's cultural development.
A three-year project, funded by the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange in Taipei, Taiwan, R.O.C., was started in September 1999 with the aim to establish a research centre and thus counter the marginalization of Taiwan research.
The "Research Unit on Taiwanese Culture and Literature" was inaugurated on 13 November 2002 as a formal part of the Faculty of East Asian Studies. It now houses one of the largest research libraries on the subject of Taiwanese culture and literature in Europe. A platform for scholarly exchange in the field, the Research Unit on Taiwanese Culture and Literature will continue to expand its cooperation with Taiwan experts and institutions specializing on Taiwan research.