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Professor Stephan Feuchtwang

Dr Fang-Long Shih

The 2-28 Incident, 70 Years on: Contrasting Perspectives from Taiwan and China

With Fang-Long Shih and Michael Hoare

Series:  Seminar on Chinese Worlds in Comparative Perspective 

Date: Wednesday 1 March 2017, 6–8pm

Venue: Seligman Library, 6th Floor, Old Building, LSE

Chair: Stuart Thompson (SOAS)

Panelist 1: Dr Fang-long Shih (LSE Taiwan Research Programme):

Contrasting Perspectives in 2017 on  the 1947 2-28 Incident

Panelist 2:  Dr Michael Hoare (Independent Scholar):  

’228’  Commemoration: A Personal Memoir


Tthe 2-28 Incident is meaningful to various Chinese groups in the world, such as Taiwan’s benshengren and waishengren, and Chinese nationalists and communists, etc. This seminar aims to broaden our understandings of what happened during the 2-28 Incident in Taiwan in 1947, to review its meaning and significance from particular perspectives among various Taiwan's groups of different political agendas, as well as from various Chinese groups outside Taiwan.

Dr Fang-long Shih will give a brief presentation on these contrasting perspectives, explaining how the Incident is understood by benshengren, waishengren, by political parties in Taiwan (KMT and DPP), and in Beijing, etc. After this, Dr Michael Hoare will give a personal narrative centred on his own 20-year involvement between 1990 and 2010. He will also compare how the event was commemorated at 50th and 60th anniversary Conferences.

These presentations intend to provide a broad overview, identifying changes in communal memory over the years. It thus hopes to touch on the key factors that have raised awareness of the tragedy and its lessons over different generations and among those with different political perspectives.

All are welcome to attend this seminar and to share their views.

About the Panellists

Fang-Long Shih serves Co-Director of the Taiwan Research Centre. She specialises in the anthropology of Chinese religions with a focus on the issues of the family, gender, nationalism and civil society. Her publications include Gazetteer of Local Religion in I-Lan County (2003), Re-Writing Culture in Taiwan (co-editor, 2009), ‘Generation of a new space: a Maiden Temple in the Chinese religious culture of Taiwan’ (2007), ‘Generating power in Taiwan: nuclear, political and religious power’ (2012), and ‘Taiwanisation under god Nazha: the geopolitics of religious performance in 21th Century Taiwan’ (2015). She contributed chapters on ‘Women, religions, and feminisms’ for the New Blackwell Companion to the Sociology of Religion (2010), and on ‘Reading gender and religion in East Asia: family formations and cultural transformations’ for the Routledge Handbook of Religions in Asia (2014). Dr Shih is interested in using Taiwan as a point of comparison to build dialogues with the places or countries with similar social-scientific issues; she co-edited Special Issues on Taiwan and Ireland in Comparative Perspective (2012) and Taiwan and Hong Kong in Comparative Perspective (2014).

Michael (Rand) Hoare ( B.Sc.London. Ph.D. Cantab.) has been active on the Taiwan Studies scene since the 1980s when he gave supposedly the first ever lecture on the subject at the London China Seminar at SOAS. Since then he has spoken many times in the University , the Academia Sinica in Taipei, Conferences of the EATS and the recent World Congresses, an exceptional event being was his invitation to speak at the 50th '228' Anniversary Conference in Taipei. After a scientific career in Cambridge and London, a voluntary early retirement led to Chinese language study at the University of Westminster (then PCL) and at Shi Da in Taipei, with an increasing involvement with Taiwan history, especially that of Taiwan-UK relations. In other fields he has worked on the Cultural History of Science, Lexicography, publishing on the History of Geodesy (The Quest for the True Figure of the Earth, Ashgate, 1995) and contributed to the Oxford History of English Lexicography, OUP, 2009 Ch. Technical dictionaries). Closer to present matters is his Intimate Chinese: From Grammar to Fluency, A Companion to Chinese Studies, Lone Wolf, Taipei, 2012. He is presently an Honorary Research Associate at SOAS , Reader Emeritus in Theoretical Physics in London University and a Non-resident member of King's College Cambridge.


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An Fengshan said that China would hold a series of events to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Taiwan's 228 Uprisign.


Tsai Ing-wen received a group of family members of the 228 victims


Ma Ying-jeou toured two special exhibitions commemorating the 70th anniversary of the 228 in Taipei