Director: Prof. Dr. Moll-Murata
Office: Uni134 (3.13)
Phone: +49 (0)234 32-28254
Fax: +49 (0)234 32-14440

Co-director: Christian Schwermann
Office: Uni134 (3.11)
Phone: +49 (0)234 32-29253
Fax: +49 (0)234 32-14265


Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Building of the University Library, UB 4/2
Universitätsstraße 150
44801 Bochum

Mailing Address

Ruhr-Universität Bochum
Fakultät für Ostasienwissenschaften
Taiwan Research Unit
Uni134 (3.13)
44780 Bochum

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Dr. Dafydd J. Fell, SOAS London
Reader in Comparative Politics with special reference to Taiwan at the Department of Political and International Studies SOAS, University of London, Director of the SOAS Centre of Taiwan Studies.

Taiwan's Recent Political History in Ten (Election) Advertisements
Part I: 1945-2000
Part II: 2000-2016

Fakultät für Ostasienwissenschaften, Universitätsstraße 134, Raum 2.06
Wann: Montag, 24. Juni 2019, 16:15-19:00
Part I: 16:15-17:30
15 Min. Pause
Part II: 17:45-19:00
Weitere Informationen hier:

Concert in Düsseldorf
The singer Suming (舒米恩) from the indigenous group Amis (阿美族) will give a concert on Sunday, July 7, in Düsseldorf.

More information can be found in the appended file.
Time:  Sunday, 7 July 2019, 5 p.m.
Place:  Stadtmuseum Düsseldorf (im Palais Spee), Berger Allee 2, 40213 Düsseldorf

"Fakultät für Ostasienwissenschaften proudly presents…"

Taiwanese Documentary Film “Our Youth in Taiwan” (我們的青春,在台灣)
followed by Q&A with director Fu Yue

Director: Fu Yue (傅榆)

A star of the Taiwanese student movement, a celebrity Chinese student who loves Taiwan, and a Taiwanese documentary
filmmaker passionate about politics. Each of them shared dreams of rebellion and building a better country. In the wake of
the biggest social movement in Taiwan in recent years, they reflect on how close they came to realising their goals,
how they were let down, and whether it is still possible to continue fighting for ideals.

Thursday, 6th June 2019, 18:00 – 21:00 Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Hörsaal, HGB 30



more info  here:

Taiwanese Documentary Film
„Father“ (紅盒子)

When your lifetime’s biggest opponent is your own father…


Original (chinesisch/taiwanisch) mit englischen und chinesischen Untertiteln Director: Yang Li-Chou 楊力州
This is a documentary about Chen Hsi-Huang 陳錫煌, who is the oldest son of the master puppeteer Lee Tian-Lu 李天祿. Mr. Chen left his family to set up an own troupe and tries to step out of his father’s shadow.
The movie also shows his struggle to preserve this dying art form.
Sunday, 19th May 2019, 13:30 – 16:00 o'clock
Bambi Filmstudio, Klosterstraße 78, 40211 Düsseldorf
Preordered tickets are available for 10,- Euros

  • at Teamate, Immermannstraße 65c, 40210 Düsseldorf
  • RUB-Students can contact Achim Kehlenbach (mail to

(The tickets will cost 15,- Euros, if bought at the box office of Bambi movie theatre directly)

Official Flyer here:



Filmvorführung “On Happiness Road”

Animationsfilm aus Taiwan (2017) - Chinesisch mit englischen Untertiteln Sonntag, 20. Januar 2019, 14:00 Uhr UFA-Palast, Worringer Str. 142, 40210 Düsseldorf (neben dem Hbf.)
Weitere Infos hier:


Pre-Study on Promoting the Study of Taiwan Literature
at Universities of Various Countries

The Research Unit for Taiwanese Culture and Literature cooperates with the National Museum of Taiwan Literature (Guoli Taiwan Wenxueguan 國立臺灣文學館) in Tainan, which has commissioned a report about the German academic situation for a “Pre-Study on Promoting the Study of Taiwan Literature at Universities of Various Countries” (推動台灣文學進入各國大學前期研究). The pre-study is being conducted by Chien Juo-Ping 簡若玶, M.A.


Chien Juo-Ping’s visit at the Library of the Taiwan Research Unit on 7 November 2018, with Dr. Breuer, Prof. Moll-Murata,
head librarian Michael Schütte and librarians Hua Offenberg and Mark Yang.

5 and 6 December, 2018
Voices from East Asia 2.0: Workshop on Civil Societies in East Asia,
with guests from Taiwan.

The event is organized by the Department for East Asian Politics,
Faculty of East Asian Studies at Ruhr University Bochum, Beckmannshof.

See the programme here:

"Taiwan-Tage" (Taiwan Days)
at the Faculty of East Asian Studies

The "Taiwan-Tage" (Taiwan Days) at the Faculty of East Asian Studies from May 12 to 16, 2018,
featured the following events:

Saturday, May 12, 2018, 5 p.m.

Screening of the motion picture 'Yanlei' 眼淚 (Tears) by film director Cheng Wen-tang 鄭文堂at UFA Cinema, Düsseldorf,
Worringerstraße 142

Monday, May 14, 2018, 1–4 p.m.

Panel discussion on ‘The role of intellectuals in the democratization process and independence
movement in Taiwan’ at Blue Square 2/02, Bochum, Kortumstraße 90

The participants were: Dr. Shieh Jhy-wey 謝志偉, Taiwan Representative to Germany (Berlin);
Chou Shih-lun 周世倫, film director (Taipei); Lin Fei-fan 林飛帆, student leader of the Sunflower Movement (London);
Dr. Robert Pauls, Institute of East Asian Politics, RUB
The discussion was moderated by Prof. Jörn-Carsten Gottwald, Institute of East Asian Politics, RUB and chaired by
Prof. Christine Moll-Murata, Institute of Chinese History and Philosophy, RUB, Interpreter: Achim Kehlenbach, RUB
For a report in Chinese, please see

Tuesday, May 15, 2018, 2–6 p.m.

Seminar "Die Sonnenblumenbewegung in Taiwan: Werk und Aktivitäten des Regisseurs Chou Shih-lun"
(The Sunflower Movement in Taiwan: The Work and Activities of Director Chou Shih-lun)
/ 臺灣的太陽花運動——導演周世倫的紀錄片與社會運動 (1)

Clippings from the documentary 'Taiyang, bu yuan' 太陽不遠 (Sunflower Occupation, 2014; Taipei Documentary Filmmakers' Union 臺北市紀錄片從業人員職業工會) were shown and students discussed with Lin Fei-fan 林飛帆, a student leader during
the 2014 occupation of the Parliament (Lifayuan 立法院), and director Chou Shih-lun.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018, 2–6 p.m.

Seminar "Politischer Aktivismus in Taiwan heute: Chou Shih-luns Dokumentarfilm 'Baomin'
(Wutbürger/Awakened Citizens)" / 後太陽花運動——導演周世倫的紀錄片與社會運動 (2)

Clippings from the documentary 'Baomin' 暴民 (2016; Don Quichote Digital Film Studios 唐吉軻德數位影音工作室) about the consequences of the Sunflower Movement, with portraits of ten activists who participated in citizen protests since 2014, were shown and a discussion with director Chou Shih-lun was conducted, transcribed and translated by students of the Faculty of East Asian Studies.

The support of the Ministry of Culture, Taiwan, R.O.C., for these events is gratefully acknowledged.



1Der Film ist auf You Tube eingestellt: [04.11.2018]
2 Xu Hui 徐卉 , „Shi daoyan xianchang kaijing 24 tian kangzheng lishi zai gaibian“ 10導演現場開鏡 24天抗爭歷史在改變 („Zehn Regisseure drehten am Schauplatz 24 Tage des Widerstands, in denen sich die Geschichte wendete“), Ziyou Shibao 自由時報 (The Liberty Times) 2014/11/01 [Zugriff 04.11.2018].
3 Auch Kaohsiung-Vorfall genannt, fand während des Internationalen Tags der Menschenrechte am 10. Dezember 1979 statt. Die friedliche Demonstration war von einem massiven Polizeiaufgebot und dem Einsatz von Tränen-gas begleitet und endete mit vielen Verletzten und Verhaftungen. Er gilt auch als Wendepunkt für die Demokratisierung Taiwans. Viele der späteren DPP-Mitglieder (Demokratische Fortschrittspartei) nahmen an diesem Protest teil. „The ‘Kaohsiung Incident’ of 1979: A turning point in Taiwan’s history”. Siehe Website Taiwandc 2001, [Zugriff: 18.06.2018].
4 Der „Vorfall vom 20. Mai 1988“ war eine Demonstration von Bauern in Taipei, bei dem es zu gewaltsamen Auseinandersetzungen kam. Auslöser war die Bedrohung der Lebensgrundlage der Bauern durch die Internationalisierungspolitik der Regierung. Diese Politik sah eine Öffnung des Inlands für ausländische Produkte vor. Rita Goldenberg, „Bürgerinitiativen“, Website Taiwan Heute 1990, [Zugriff: 08.07.2018].
5 Lin Kuan-Hua war einer der Schüler, die gegen eine Änderung des Lehrplans und der Schulbücher im Fach Geschichte protestierten, weil sie diese für zu chinafreundlich hielten. Lin nahm sich am 30.07.2015 das Leben. Abraham Gerber, Loa Iok-sin, „Student protester commits suicide”, Taipei Times, 31.07.2015 van der Wees, „Taiwan’s History Textbook Protests: One Year La-ter”, The Diplomat, 01.08.2016, [Zugriff 03.11.2018]. Der letzte Abschnitt des Films „Baomin“ zeigt ein Gespräch mit Lin Kuan-Huas Mutter.
6 Lifayuan, Parlament bzw. Staatsrat mit Gesetzgebungskompetenz in Taiwan.
7 Zum Begriff zhuanxing zhengyi 轉型正義, „transitional justice“ bzw. „Vergangenheitsbewältigung“, siehe Yu-Shan Chang, „Transitional Justice und Historische Erinnerung: Geschichtserziehung in taiwanischen High-Schools“, Website der Heidelberg School of Education, 06/02/2018 [Zugriff 03.11.2018].
8 Der Name „Meiliwan“ kommt von dem Strandhotel „Miramar Resort Village“ in der Nähe von Taitung und ist bereits seit 2004 Auslöser für Kontroversen über den Tourismus in Taiwan. Auf den Gebieten von Ureinwohnern soll ein Luxus-Resort entstehen, wogegen sich die Ureinwohner zur Wehr setzen und auch Erfolge vor Gericht erzielen konnten. Glenn Smith, “Taiwan indigenous activists win legal battle against luxury resort developer: An interview with Sinsing, an 'Amis activist on the front line of the battle”. Intercontinental Cry 2015, [Zugriff: 25.06.2018].
9 Mitglied der Kuomintang (KMT), Präsident der Republik China 2008-2016.
10 Mitglied der Demokratischen Fortschrittspartei (DPP), Präsident der Republik China 2000-2008.

Presentation and Workshop Talk
with Dr Thilo Diefenbach

On the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the lifting of martial law in Taiwan, translator Dr Thilo Diefenbach visited Ruhr-Universität Bochum on 10 October 2017 to give a talk and discuss his recent volume of translations from Taiwanese literature (Kriegsrecht: Neue Literatur aus Taiwan [Martial Law: New Literature from Taiwan], Munich: Iudicium, 2017) (announcement).

Panel Discussion "Taiwan nach der Wahl"
[Taiwan after the Elections]

On 20 January 2016, the Departments of Chinese History and Philosophy, Chinese Language and Literature, and Politics of East Asia joined with the Research Unit for Taiwanese Culture and Literature to host a panel discussion on the results of the recent Taiwanese general elections (poster). The three speakers on the podium were Johannes Buckow from the Mercator Institute for China Studies, Jürgen Kahl, correspondent for Neue Zürcher Zeitung, and Dr. Nora Sausmikat from Stiftung Asienhaus. The discussion was moderated by the dean of the Faculty of East Asian Studies, professor Jörn-Carsten Gottwald.
The organizers would like to thank the Frankfurt Bureau of the Taipei Representative Office in Germany and the Department of Politics of East Asia for their generous support for this event.

Research Unit receives prestigious award

The Research Unit for Taiwanese Culture and Literature has been awarded the annual Prix de la Fondation culturelle franco-taïwanaise for the year 2008 from the Académie des Sciences morales et politiques (Paris, France). The award was received by the Dean of the Faculty of East Asian Studies, Prof Dr Raoul Findeisen, on behalf of the Research Unit at a ceremony held in Paris in June 2009.

For details, see

Expansion of library holdings

The library holdings have been expanded from originally 3,500 volumes in 1999 to approximately 5,000 volumes in 2008 (owing to a generous book donation from the Taipei Representative Office in Berlin) to well over 6000 volumes in 2012. The Taiwan Research Library collection has been computerized almost in its entirety and is globally accessible via the Faculty Library online catalogue.

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