News and Events


February 2020

Asia Pacific Film Festival 2020 Asia Pacific Film Festival logo

Back again this year, the Asia Pacific Film Festival brings together films from across the Asia Pacific for screenings and Q&A sessions with the Directors.

This year includes: ‘the Road’, 'Anotes Ark', 'The Rice Bomber', 'Let It Be', 'Plastic China', 'Sanggye-Dong Olympic', 'Garden, Zoological', 'Whispering Star', and 'No Mans Zone'. And featuring Talks from Sabrina Qiong Yu, Irena Hayter, Director Zanbo Zhang, and Director Toshi Fujiwara.


December 2019

Woven Austronesia Woven Austronesia exhibition in PR1 Gallery

Between the 14th – 22nd December, ‘Woven Austronesia’ Exhibited within the PR1 Galley, Preston, displaying for the first time items from the Gawthorpe Hall South Sea Island Collection.

The Exhibit brought together collections from the British Museum, the Research Center for Digital Humanities and Gawthorpe Hall to explore the similarities and origins of textiles and crafts throughout the Austronesian ethnographic Location. A location that expands beyond the Pacific Islands to include Malaysia, the Philippines, Indonesia, Taiwan and as far as Madagascar.


December 2019

Fijian Chant & Choir Performance Fijian performance

The Bicester Fijian Community Choir gave an amazing performance at the UCLan-Harris space, Harris Museum on the 14th December, celebrating and sharing Fijian culture with residents of the Preston Community, though a Welcoming tea drinking Ceremony, Traditional Fijian Chants and Choir Songs.

Watch the Fijian Performance

June 2019

First Taiwan Travel Seminar: a successful experience Learning about Taiwan: from theory to practice

A group of our students get to know Taiwan first-hand amid a tight schedule our students enjoyed various activities including visiting three universities, read more about the trip.

Taiwan Trip

March 2019

“Mapping Austronesia: linguistics and archaeology” & “my ethnographic filmmaking and amis community”

Taking place on the 25th and 26th March, UCLan held its very first Taiwan Festival! As part of this The Northern Institute of Taiwan Studies (NorITs) worked in conjunction with the Centre of Austronesian Studies (COAST) to invite Professor David Blundell from the University of California, Berkeley to give the talk “Mapping Austronesia: Linguistics and Archaeology” and Director Futuru Tsai from National Taitung University for his talk “My Ethnographic Filmmaking and Amis Community.

Their talks can be watched on the UCLan Media Library.

February 2019

Chinese History Seminar at the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London

On 21 February 2019, UCLan's PhD candidate Simon Green introduced a topic relating to his PhD research at SOAS in London. The talk was part of SOAS's Chinese History Seminar series. The theme of Simon Green's seminar was 'Formosan Aborigines: Friends and Enemies'. During his talk, Simon Green introduced his research into the Spanish colony in Taiwan during the 1600s. He explained the complex web of friendships and enmities that the Spanish created in their attempts to establish a new settlement, particularly with Taiwan's diverse aborigine groups. In untangling that web, the talk asked whether it was possible to gain insight into aborigine lives on Taiwan at the time, particularly when using Spanish source documents.

February 2019

Postgraduate Study at UCLan

We are now accepting applications at our interweaving MA courses: MA Asia Pacific Studies and MA North Korean Studies. Please visit the course webpages for more information.


October 2018

Shung Ye Museum of Formosan Aborigines: Students’ Indigenous Poster design Competition.

Coming to UCLan for a second time, an exhibition of the Indigenous Poster Design Competition held by the Shung Ye Museum and the Taiwan Poster Design Association has moved towards its 7th Competition. Showing the award winning pieces out of the original 1,500 student entries from 51 different schools around Taiwan. The Exhibition will be running in the PR1 Gallery, UCLan from the 29th October to the 2nd November, 9am till 5pm.

Accompanying the exhibition, Fu-Ning Hsu, winner of the Competition’s Gold Award, gave a talk on Monday 29th at 4:00pm-7:00pm about her work and the role it has in bringing continuous efforts towards understanding of local cultural diversities and Taiwanese Indigenous Culture. Tobie Openshaw, a photographer for the national geographic in Taiwan discussed his experiences and documentation of modern Taiwan Culture on the 2nd November.