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Taiwan Salon
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Taiwan Salon

Taiwan Salon is a podcast produced by the Global Taiwan Institute (GTI), a 501(c)3 policy think tank in Washington, DC.

Hosted by members of GTI’s staff, Taiwan Salon examines Taiwan’s cultural policy and approach to soft power from perspectives both inside and outside the government. Through interviews, the series illuminates how Taiwan’s unique history and culture interacts with policy and pinpoints opportunities and challenges for future “soft” engagement between Taiwan and the United States.

EPISODES

Episode 10:

In this episode of Taiwan Salon, host and GTI Research Assistant Adrienne Wu interviews three representatives of Taiwan’s emerging news media: Sara Lin, director of public Relations for Taiwan Plus News; Natalie Tso, host and producer at Radio Taiwan International; and Emily Y. Wu, co-founder and CEO of Ghost Island Media. While growing interest in cross-Strait relations has led to greater international coverage of Taiwan, many western media sources still focus on Taiwan from a narrow perspective on military and political developments. For this special panel episode, we explore media narratives surrounding Taiwan, and discuss how to broaden the conversation to include other aspects of Taiwan’s diverse society.

Episode 9:

In this episode of Taiwan Salon, host and GTI Research Assistant Adrienne Wu and Program Assistant Zoe Weaver-Lee interview Dr. Awi Mona, Associate Professor of Law and Indigenous Studies at National Dong Hwa University. Taiwan’s cultural policies in recent years have aimed to expand the definition of Taiwanese identity to be more multicultural. In this episode, Dr. Awi discusses the role and historical legacies of Taiwan’s indigenous communities, and how they factor into Taiwan’s international image.

Episode 8:

In this episode of Taiwan Salon, host and GTI Research Assistant Adrienne Wu and Program Assistant Zoe Weaver-Lee interview Weining Hung, the co-founder of LUCfest. With the popularity of Korean pop music there are many that have wondered if Taiwan can follow the same trajectory; Ms. Hung explains barriers for Taiwan’s music industry and how both the government and industry professionals are facing these challenges.

Episode 7:

In this episode of Taiwan Salon, host and GTI Research Assistant Adrienne Wu and Program Assistant Zoe Weaver-Lee interview Dr. Alan Bairner, a professor of Sport and Social Theory at Loughborough University. Dr. Bairner tells us about Taiwan’s complicated history with the Olympics and other challenges that Taiwan faces when it comes to hosting and participating in international sporting events.

Episode 6:

In this episode of Taiwan Salon, host and GTI Research Assistant Adrienne Wu and Program Manager Marshall Reid interview Dr. Randall L. Nadeau, the executive director of the Foundation for Scholarly Exchange, commonly known as Fulbright Taiwan. Discussing the impact of COVID-19 pandemic and Confucius Institute closures, Dr. Nadeau talks about trends of interest in academic exchanges between the United States and Taiwan.

Episode 5:

In this episode of Taiwan Salon, host and GTI Research Assistant Adrienne Wu and Program Manager Marshall Reid interview Dr. Hsin-Huang Michael Hsiao, the chairman of the Taiwan-Asia Exchange Foundation and the chairman of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at National Chengchi University. Dr. Hsiao discusses the importance of people-to-people ties in Taipei’s New Southbound Policy and how NGOs complement work being done by the government.

Episode 4:

In this episode of Taiwan Salon, host and GTI Research Assistant Adrienne Wu and Program Manager Marshall Reid interview Dr. Lung-chih Chang, the director of the National Museum of Taiwan History (NMTH). Emphasizing the importance of creating a museum of the people, Dr. Chang talks about how the NMTH curates its exhibits and collaborates internationally.

Episode 3:

In this episode of Taiwan Salon, host and GTI Research Assistant Adrienne Wu and Program Manager Marshall Reid interview Dr. Chun-ying Wei, a board member of the Taiwan Association of Cultural Policy Studies and an assistant professor at National Sun Yat-Sen University. Dr. Wei discusses Taiwan’s National Cultural Congress, culture white Papers and the government’s current approach to domestic cultural policy.

Episode 2:

In this episode of Taiwan Salon, host and GTI Research Assistant Adrienne Wu and Program Assistant Zoe Weaver-Lee interview Dr. Shelley Rigger, a GTI advisor, interim vice president for academic affairs, and the Brown Professor of Political Science at Davidson College. Addressing the strengths and limitations of using democratic values as a source of soft power, Dr. Rigger discusses how democratic values tie into the Taiwanese identity and contribute to the island’s international engagement.

Episode 1:

In the first episode of Taiwan Salon, host and GTI Research Assistant Adrienne Wu and Program Assistant Zoe Weaver-Lee interview Minister Audrey Tang, the digital minister of Taiwan. To kick off the season, Minister Tang discusses Taiwan’s aptitude for collaboration across diversity and how digital tools can strengthen democracy and augment diplomacy.