Past Event

Lifetime of Transitions: Tsai Kun-lin and Taiwanese Political Identity from WWII-Present

April 25, 2024
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
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School of International and Public Affairs, 420 West 118th Street, Room 918, New York, NY 10027


Please use the main entrance (420 West 118 Street, corner of Amsterdam Ave.) to access the building.


Yu Pei-Yun, Author; Professor and Chair, Graduate Institute of Children's Literature, National Taitung University

Zhou Jian-Xin, Illustrator; Doctoral Candidate, Graduate Institute of Children's Literature, National Taitung University

Moderator: Andrew J. Nathan, Class of 1919 Professor of Political Science, Department of Political Science, Columbia University

Discussant: Lin King, Translator; Program Coordinator, WEAI, Columbia University

A discussion centered around the historical graphic novel series, The Boy From Clearwater, on the life of Tsai Kun-lin (1930-2023), who was imprisoned for ten years during the White Terror period for joining a high school book club. The books follow his life and career while retracing major milestones in Taiwan’s modern history and political identity, including its removal from the United Nations in 1971, the lifting of martial law in 1987, and the subsequent transition into a multi-party democracy.

This event is hosted by the Weatherhead East Asian Institute


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Julie Kwan