Building Taiwan Studies Programs in the US

Challenges and Prospects

event banner for panel discussion on the development of Taiwan Studies in the US

In recent years, greater attention has been given to U.S.-Taiwan educational and cultural exchange. In December 2020, the U.S.-Taiwan Education Initiative was created to expand access to Mandarin Chinese and English language instruction and to deepen educational cooperation between both sides. Several Taiwan Studies centers in the United States have also received increased support to expand Taiwan Studies. Coinciding with the widespread closure of Confucius Institutes in the United States and the continuing political, economic, and security challenges concerning China, Taiwan, and the United States, there is a critical demand among scholars, policymakers, and educators for greater access to Mandarin Chinese language resources and expertise on Taiwan affairs. However, there exists a mismatch between the level of importance Taiwan has to U.S. foreign policy priorities and the level of resources that U.S. educational institutions dedicate to researching and teaching on Taiwan affairs. 

The Taiwan Education & Research Program (TERP) and the North American Taiwan Studies Association (NATSA) are co-hosting a hybrid in-person and virtual panel to bring together scholars and administrators of Taiwan Studies programs in the United States for a discussion on the historical and present challenges, trends, and prospects for Taiwan Studies in academic and policymaking communities. The panel will examine the structural, social, and political factors that influence the development of Taiwan Studies programs, and how Taiwan Studies programs can serve as collaborative spaces between scholars, policymakers, and administrators.

This event is free and open to the public and media. A recording of the event will be made publicly available in the days following the event. Additional support for this event is provided by the Sigur Center for Asian Studies and the GW East Asia National Resource Center.



  • Ellen Y. Chang, Director, Arts and Culture Program, Taiwan Studies Program, University of Washington - Seattle
  • Sung-Sheng (Yvonne) Chang, Professor; Director of the Center for Taiwan Studies, University of Texas - Austin
  • Min Zhou, Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Asian American Studies; Director, Asia Pacific Center, University of California - Los Angeles
  • Elizabeth Leicester, Executive Director, Asia Pacific Center, University of California - Los Angeles


Richard J. Haddock, Program Manager, East Asia National Resource Center; Taiwan Education & Research Program, GW