UCLA is one of the most active and vibrant centers for the study of Taiwan in the United States. The campus features approximately 60 China studies faculty, many with expertise on Taiwan. UCLA offers over 350 courses on China and Taiwan alone. The large Taiwanese and Taiwanese American communities on campus and in the greater Los Angeles area also contribute to the strength of Taiwan studies programs. Taiwan is among the top five countries sending international students to UCLA. In addition to the Asia Pacific Center, the Center for Chinese Studies and the Richard C. Randolph East Asian Library are campus partners in Taiwan studies programming. The East Asian Library was recently designated a Taiwan Resource Center for Chinese Studies (TRCCS).
The Asia Pacific Center manages two Taiwan studies partnerships that facilitate exchanges between students and scholars at UCLA and in Taiwan. The center also hosts several public events each year about Taiwan studies topics. In 2017 the center renewed its Taiwan Studies Lectureship program with support from the Taiwan Ministry of Education, and embarked on a new project with National Taiwan Normal University. With the generous support of our partners, the Taiwan studies program will grow and expand in new directions over the next three years and beyond.
The UCLA Taiwan Studies Lectureship (TSL), established in 2014, is a joint initiative of the Asia Pacific Center and the Division of Humanities supported by the Taiwan Ministry of Education. The program facilitates academic exchanges between UCLA and Taiwan, drawing on both the expertise of UCLA faculty and the contributions of visiting Taiwanese scholars. The TSL funds courses, curriculum development, public events, and research grants for faculty and graduate students.
The UCLA-NTNU Taiwan Studies Initiative, directed by Professor Shu-mei Shih, was established in 2017. It aims to create research synergies to promote cutting-edge research in Taiwan studies. This collaboration between UCLA and National Taiwan Normal University includes faculty and student exchanges, graduate fellowship support, and workshops and lectures. The Asia Pacific Center will also release a working paper series as a concrete outcome of this initiative. Prof. Shih has also been appointed as an Honorary Chair Professor in the Department of Taiwan Culture, Languages and Literature at National Taiwan Normal University.