On Thursday, 25 July 2019, at 6 pm, our visiting scholar Prof. Chiu Yubin 邱毓斌 from the Department of Social Development at National Pingtung University will give a public lecture at the ERCCT, titled "New Labor Activism in Taiwan after the 2014 Sunflower Movement".
Venue is Nauklerstraße 35, 72074 Tübingen
New Labour Activism in Taiwan after the 2014 Sunflower Movement
The Sunflower Movement, in which young activists occupied the Legislative Yuan for 24 days to fight against the KMT government’s plan to sign the Cross-Strait Service Trade Agreement with China, not only changed Taiwan’s political contour since then, but also politicised more young people in many respects. This research focuses on the development of new youth activism in the labour union movement after the Sunflower Movement. The labour union movement, once being active during the democratic transition period, has gradually lost its significance at the workplace and national level. The campaigning and organising strategies of this new youth activism did bring certain fresh air to the labour movement. But the youth activism and old, large trade unions to a certain extent came into conflicts in the recent struggle against the neo-liberal reform of the Labour Standard Act conducted by the DPP government. Accordingly the potentiality and challenges of the new youth activism and the future of trade union movement in Taiwan will be discussed.
On Monday, July 22, our visiting scholar, Prof. Chiu Yubin 邱毓斌 from the Department of Social Development at National Pingtung University, will present his current research project "Ways of Returning Home: Indigenous Youths, Jobs, and the Revitalisation of Tribal Community" to ERCCT Fellows in a session of the Taiwan Colloquium (at 6.15 pm, Nauklerstraße 35).
In the following abstract, Prof. Chiu gives a first glimpse on the project:
Most disadvantaged parents in contemporary indigenous tribes often hope their children can find a job and settle down in urban area in order to get a better life. This migration trend might be slowing down from time to time by various reasons, e.g. national labour policy introducing foreign workers since the early 1990s that has been pushing urban indigenous workers in construction or manufacturing industries back to their hometown, or nature disasters (such as Typhoon Morakot in 2009) that might bring urban indigenous people back home for taking care of homeland or parents. The job-seeking patterns of involuntary returning-home are very different from those of the youth who voluntarily return home. My current research is focusing on the paths of indigenous people who intended to return to and settle down in the tribe community after finishing college education in the city. By interviewing indigenous youth settled down in the tribe, tribe leaders, and teachers at indigenous education institutes in Pingtung and Taitung, I try to identify several patterns of job-seeking of the youth who do not only want to settle down in the tribe community but also are committed to the revitalisation of the community as well as the indigenous culture. The impetus and the obstacles for these devoted indigenous youth to return to the tribe community will be discussed.
Prof. Lin Shu-Hui 林淑慧 from the Department of Taiwan Culture, Languages and Literature at National Taiwan Normal University (Taipei) gave a public talk at the ERCCT on Wednesday, 17 July 2019. Titled "Experiencing Difference: The Metaphor of Travelogues during Taiwan's Martial Law Period (1949-1987)", the lecture gave a fascinating account of how writers like Yin Hai-kuang, Wu Zhuo-liu and Zhong Mei-yin used metaphors to express their criticism of Taiwan's politics and society before democratization.
Ph.D. students or postdoctoral fellows from our Taiwanese partner institutions interested in the Visiting Fellow Programme of winter 2019-2020 please note that the ERCCT now accepts applications for the coming winter semester.
Applications to the Short-Term Resident Fellow Programme 2019-2020 are now accepted until July 31, 2019! Under this programme, we welcome Ph.D. or postdoc researchers to join the CCKF-ERCCT for a period of between three and six months and grant them a monthly stipend of 350 EUR plus a 500 EUR travel grant.