ATSA Online Seminar: One China, Many Taiwans


The Australasian Taiwan Studies Association (ATSA) is pleased to hold the ATSA Online Seminar on 11 October. Associate Professor Ian Rowen, the author of One China, Many Taiwans: The Geopolitics of Cross-Strait Tourism, will talk about his book. One China, Many Taiwans examines how tourism, one of several strategies employed by the PRC at exerting political control over Taiwan, worked out in practice.    

Date: Wednesday 11 October 2023

Time: 7:30pm (UTC+10 Australian Eastern Standard Time)

Title: One China, Many Taiwans: The Geopolitics of Cross-Strait Tourism

One China, Many Taiwans shows how tourism performs and transforms territory. In 2008, as the People’s Republic of China pointed over a thousand missiles across the Taiwan Strait, it sent millions of tourists in the same direction with the encouragement of Taiwan’s politicians and businesspeople. Contrary to the PRC’s efforts to use tourism to incorporate Taiwan into an imaginary “One China,” tourism aggravated tensions between the two polities, polarized Taiwanese society, and pushed Taiwanese popular sentiment farther toward support for national self-determination. The book’s ethnographic treatment of tourism as a political technology provides a new lens for social scientists and area specialists to examine the geopolitics of tourism, which has transformed the globe.

Ian Rowen is Associate Professor in the Department of Taiwan Culture, Languages and Literature at National Taiwan Normal University. He is the author of One China, Many Taiwans: The Geopolitics of Cross-Strait Tourism (Cornell University Press, 2022), and the editor of Transitions in Taiwan: Stories of the White Terror (Cambria Press, 2021). Previously an assistant professor of Geography and Sociology at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, he earned his PhD in Geography from the University of Colorado at Boulder.

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