Sinologie

Forschung am Lehrstuhl Greater China Studies

Die Forschung am Lehrstuhl Greater China Studies ist gegenwartsorientiert und nimmt Politik und Gesellschaft in der Volksrepublik China, Taiwan und Hongkong, aber auch – in vergleichender Perspektive – in der Region Ostasien in den Blick. Die derzeitigen Forschungsschwerpunkte liegen auf Untersuchungen zum politischen Prozess und zur lokalen Politikimplementierung in der VR China, zur Reform des Privatsektors und generell zum Verhältnis zwischen Staat und Privatunternehmertum in der VR China, zur chinesischen Taiwanpolitik und zu den sino-taiwanischen Beziehungen, zur Immigrationspolitik in Ostasien und zu den Veränderungen der regionalen Ordnung in Asien unter dem Einfluss des chinesischen Aufstiegs und der Entwicklung Chinas zu einem modernen Empire. Ein besonderes Merkmal der Forschungsarbeit am Lehrstuhl ist der starke empirische Zugriff: Alle Projekte werden auf der Basis intensiver Feldforschung durchgeführt. Dies erfordert eine hohe chinesische Sprachkompetenz und große landeskundliche Erfahrung, die die Mitarbeiter des Lehrstuhls mitbringen.

Aktuelle Projekte

"Chinese and East Asian Migration Governance in Comparative Perspective"

"Chinese and East Asian Migration Governance in Comparative Perspective"

Global migration increasingly shapes Chinese politics. African migrants with uncertain residential status have become a familiar sight in the southern metropolis of Guangzhou. Refugee camps line China’s southwestern border and North Korean migrants have long been a problem for border security in China’s North East. China does not provide constitutional protection for refugees of other countries, but cooperates with the UNHCR to care for those who apply for political asylum in China. At the same time, China has initiated a number of schemes to attract high-skilled labor to China, most notably from the Overseas Chinese Community, though it remains almost impossible to obtain Chinese citizenship as a non-Chinese. Under the impact of global migration flows, China has started to revamp its immigration regime and institutionalize new policies pertaining to both low and high-skilled migration. This project compares China’s recent initiatives with the changing immigration regimes in other East Asian countries and entities: Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Hongkong. Established and emerging China scholars work with experts specializing in other East Asian countries in an interdisciplinary setting to understand China’s evolving immigration management and draw comparisons across the East Asian region.

This project is conducted in cooperation with the Graduate School of East Asian Studies (GEAS) at Freie Universität Berlin, to which Prof. Schubert is affiliated as an EINSTEIN FELLOW financially supported by the EINSTEIN-Foundation of the Federal State of Berlin.

(Initial project duration: January 2017 – December 2020)

"Adaptive Strategies of Taiwanese Entrepreneurs in the Context of Structural Change of the Chinese Economy: the example of the Fujian Pilot Free Trade Zone"

Adaptive Strategies of Taiwanese Entrepreneurs in the Context of Structural Change of the Chinese Economy: the example of the Fujian Pilot Free Trade Zone

This project continues Prof. Schubert’s earlier research on the evolution of a cross-strait political economy and a changing environment for Taiwan’s mainland-based entrepreneurs. It focuses on the Fujian Pilot Free Trade Zone (PFTZ), which was established in 2015 to serve two purposes: contributing to a new drive for market-unifying economic reforms in China and attracting Taiwanese investment and young entrepreneurs. Hence, the project will generate insights in the current effort of China’s central government to bring new economic reforms and a refurbished growth model on the one hand and to shed light on the politically-driven dynamics of cross-strait economic relations on the other. The project was funded by the Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG) between 2016-2018 and has continued with a new project on China’s new preference policies towards Taiwan (see below).

(Project duration: October 2016 – September 2019)

Forschungsprojekt (Research Project)

"Integration by 'Completely Opening Up'? An Empirical Study of Xi Jinping's New Taiwan Policy"

"Integration by 'Completely Opening Up'? An Empirical Study of Xi Jinping's New Taiwan Policy"

Continuing Prof. Schubert’s research on the adaptive strategies of Taiwanese entrepreneurs on the Chinese mainland in the context of structural change in the Chinese economy, the project investigates Xi Jingping’s new Taiwan policy approach of ‘comprehensively opening-up’ in order to attract more Taiwanese – entrepreneurs, high-skilled professionals and university graduates – to China by bypassing the Taiwan government. It looks at the implementation of preferential policies put forward by local governments in Fujian and at the responses of Taiwanese who have come to these provinces recently or are contemplating migrating from Taiwan to China. This project is in cooperation with a Taiwanese partner. A project proposal has been submitted to the DFG which currently awaits a final decision.

(Initial project duration: October 2019 – September 2021)

European Research Centre on Contemporary Taiwan

Das European Research Centre on Contemporary Taiwan ist ein gemeinsames Projekt der Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen und der taiwanesischen Chiang Ching-kuo Stiftung. Eine ausführliche Darstellung der Organisation, Ziele und Arbeitsweisen des Zentrums finden Sie auf der Homepage des ERCCT.