Attendees to exhibition

Brilliant City Photo Exhibition

Brilliant City Photo Exhibition opening event - 31 October - 16 November 2019 (PR1 Gallery, Victoria Building)

On this occasion, Dr Lara Momesso (UCLan) and COAST affiliated research fellow Tobie Openshaw had a section titled "Old and new others of Taiwan: indigenous people and new residents" featuring photographs of indigenous people and new residents in Taiwan. 

Dr Lara Momesso and Tobie Openshaw thank all the indigenous friends and migrant sisters and brothers who shared their stories with them and made this project possible. 




"謝謝史明老師! Remembering Su Beng 1918-2019: Taiwan and its 400 Year History" a roundtable discussing 400 years of Taiwan History and Su Beng’s life and achievements as one of Taiwan’s long standing independence activists will take place on the 28th October from 4pm – 5pm.


  • Dr Niki Alsford
  • Dr Adina Zemanek
  • Dr Ti-han Chang
  • Dr Lara Momesso




On the 15 August, Dr Niki Alsford, Reader in Asia Pacific Studies at UCLan, published a new piece for the Globe Post about Xi’s Reaction to Hong Kong Protests. Read it here.


APRIL 2019


Taiwan Student Trip 2019 (Apr 2019)

Between the 25th of April and the 4th of May a group of five students, accompanied by their lecturers, Dr Niki Alsford, Director of the Northern Institute of Taiwan Studies, and Dr Lara Momesso, Deputy Director of the Northern Institute of Taiwan Studies, went to Taiwan for the first Taiwan Travel Seminar. The aim of this experience was to allow a group of selected students who attended the module Taiwan in the Asia Pacific, to know Taiwan at first hand.

Activities included:

  • Visiting National Chengchi, National Taitung, and National Dong Hwa University
  • Enjoying Taiwanese local food in local Teahouses
  • Visiting the Tamshui district
  • Visiting the National Palace Museum
  • Visiting the Shung Ye Museum of Formosan Aborigines
  • Learning the barkcloth technique to make tree bark bags in the Bunun aboriginal village
  • Visiting the National Museum of Prehistory
  • Staying overnight in a Amis aboriginal village
  • Meeting famous Amis singer and songwriter Suming Rupi.


MARCH 2019


Taiwan Festival 2019

UCLan's First Taiwan Festival took place on the 25th and 26th March 2019. With a film screening of Amis Hip-Hop and Q&A session with director Futuru Tsai, followed by two talks: “Mapping Austronesia: Linguistics and Archaeology” with Guest Speaker David Blundell and “My Ethnographic Filmmaking and Amis Community” with Futuru Tsai. A Round Table of Taiwanese Comic Artists!: “Taiwanese Illustrators and Their European Connections” also took place on the following day with comic Artists Li-Chin Lin, Chien-Fan Liu.

Study in Taiwan!: Taipei representative office in the UK Scholarship talk

A TRO Scholarship talk took place in Adelphi Building lecture theatre 5 on the 8th March from 2pm until 3pm. To discuss available scholarships and bursaries by the Taipei Representative Office in the UK for students looking to further their education in Taiwan.

Study in Taiwan




The Shifting Chronotopes of Indigeneity in Taiwanese Documentary Film.

Kerim Friedman from the National Dong Hwa University came to UCLan on the 13th February to discuss the ever-changing representations of Taiwanese Indigenous peoples in film by indigenous and non-indigenous directors alike, which Kerim Friedman draws from over sixty films found in the archives of the Taiwan International Ethnographic Film Festival (TIEFF). These films offer a snapshot of the changes in how indigenous personhood has been constructed in Taiwanese documentary films going back to the end of the martial law era.

Recent trends in Cross-strait Relations: roundtable

On Monday 11th February, a roundtable event to discuss recent trends in cross-strait relations between Taiwan and China was held at UCLan. Focusing on Xi Jinping's talk and President Tsai's response.

Speakers included:

  • Peter Gries, University of Manchester
  • Tao Wang, University of Manchester
  • Chia-yu Liang, University of Sussex
  • Dean Karalekas, Taiwan Centre for Security Studies
  • Andreas Fulda, University of Nottingham
  • Stephane Corcuff, Lyon University
  • Niki Alsford, UCLan




Tobie Openshaw – Local but not Local; A Laowai in Taiwan

Tobie Openshaw, a photographer for the national geographic and filmmaker in Taiwan visited UCLan to discuss his experiences and documentation of modern Taiwan Culture on the 2nd November.

Their talk featured subjects such as the Sunflower Movement, Betelnut Girls, and President Tsai-Ing Wen’s apology to the island’s indigenous peoples.




The beauty of indigenous power 2018 students indigenous poster design Competition

“The passing down of heritage through generations is a challenge that indigenous peoples across the world have faced. Observing the limitations Taiwanese students have in their understanding of various indigenous cultures, the Shung Ye Museum in Taipei has hosted poster design competitions since 2006 to address this.”

Coming to UCLan for a second time, an Exhibition of the Indigenous Poster Design Competition held by Shung Ye Museum and the Taiwan Poster Design Association moved towards its seventh Competition.
UCLan displayed the Award winning pieces out of the original 1,500 student entries from 51 different schools around Taiwan.

Fu-Ning Hsu, winner of the competition’s Gold Award, gave a talk on the Monday 29th October from 4.00pm-7.00pm about her work and the role it has in bringing continuous efforts towards the understanding of local cultural diversities and Taiwanese indigenous culture. A preview evening followed on from the talk, until 9.00pm.


JUNE 2018


International Workshop on the Landscape of Taiwan Studies and Korean Studies

The International Workshop on the Landscape of Taiwan Studies and Korean Studies was held at the University of Central Lancashire during 25-26 June 2018. Over the two days, the twenty-one scholars invited to this event discussed the most salient issues concerning the status of the research in Korean and Taiwan studies and shared their interests and experience. This conference was funded by UCLan IKSU and the Academy of Korean Studies (AKS) of the government of South Korea, and the Taiwan Representative Office in the UK sponsored the welcome dinner of the conference.

The conference was organised based on the following seven themes:

  • Field of Study and Research Resources
  • Historiography and History
  • Politics and Economics
  • Changes in Culture
  • International Relations
  • Changes in Society
  • Landscape of Taiwan Studies and Korean Studies

Speakers and discussants of the conference were:

  • Ann Heylen (National Taiwan Normal University)
  • Bi-yu Chang (SOAS, University of London)
  • Bruce Jacobs (Monash University)
  • Dafydd Fell (SOAS, University of London)
  • Isabelle Cheng (University of Portsmouth)
  • James Person (Johns Hopkins University)
  • Jeong-Im Hyun (University of Turku)
  • Jung-Sim Kim (Monash University)
  • Lara Momesso (University of Central Lancashire)
  • Melissa Brown (Harvard University)
  • Michael Hsiao (Academia Sinica)
  • Michael Seth (James Madison University)
  • Nataša Visočnik Gerzelj (University of Ljubljana)
  • Nicolas Levi (Polish Academy of Sciences)
  • Niki Alsford (University of Central Lancashire)
  • Owen Miller (SOAS, University of London)
  • Sojin Lim (University of Central Lancashire)
  • Táňa Dluhošová (Oriental Institute, Czech Academy of Sciences)
  • Thomas Gold (University of California, Berkeley)
  • Virginie Grzelczyk (Aston University)
  • Wonhyuk Lim (KDI School)