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FY 2009/2010 Research Topic: 4-36
Comprehensive Study on Taiwan Ⅲ: Centripetal and Centrifugal Power of Taiwanese Society


This research project aims to demonstrate whether Taiwanese society is becoming more cohesive or dispersed. This question is particularly significant concerning Taiwan due to its peculiarity. Taiwan was ceded to Japan in 1895 after the Sino-Japanese War and the People’s Republic of China has not been able to govern it across the Taiwan Strait during the postwar period, so that its development has been almost independent from the mainland for more than 100 years, which has strengthened social unity in Taiwan. However, China’s desire to absorb Taiwan has grown stronger in recent years, which is weakening social unity in Taiwan. We are analyzing this complicated problem looking at many aspects of Taiwanese society including ethnic issues such as indigenous peoples, the Waishengren (inhabitants who moved to Taiwan after 1945 and their descendants), and recent immigrants including foreign spouses as well as other issues such as the exchange across the Taiwan Strait, political society in the post-democratized period, gender and age, social classes, religion and environmental protection. We wish to reach a comprehensive understanding about present Taiwanese society integrating analyses on rifts and efforts to enhance unity in each aspect of society.


2009/4 - 2011/2


Members of the Research Project

SATO Yukihito
TERAO Tadayoshi
NUMAZAKI Ichiro, Professor, Tohoku University北大学教授)
Rwei-ren, WU, Assistant Research Fellow, Institute of Taiwan History, Academia Sinica
SECHIYAMA Kaku, Associate Professor, University of Tokyo
MATSUKANE Kimimasa, Associate Professor, Utsunomiya University
KAMIZURU Hisahiko, assistant professor, Prefectural University of Hiroshima
ISHIGAKI Naoki, Researcher, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science
TANOUE Tomoyoshi, Researcher, Japan Society for the Promotion of Science


The progress report will be published in March, 2010.
The final results will be published in the I.D.E. Research Series in 2011.