Taiwan Study Day and Documentary Festival

13.Nov.2010 09.00 - 17.30
Seminar Room 1.08, Parkinson Building, University of Leeds - Leeds

The White Rose East Asia Centre, University of Leeds and the Taipei Representative Office in the UK are proud to launch their Documentary Festival: Taiwan Study Day (II), which will take place on Saturday 13 November 2010, 09:00-17:30, in Seminar Room 108, Parkinson Building, University of Leeds.

Taiwan is an important part of the Greater China region. If one wishes to understand and to engage with China more fully, one must not ignore Taiwan. Documentary is a highly effective and unique method to approach the study of Taiwan. Its accessibility and first-hand perspective provide students who have little or no background in Taiwan Studies with an excellent entry point to the subject.

Phase I of the Festival took place in November 2009 and triggered a lively debate and interest in the event. Phase II of the Festival in November 2010 aims to widen participation and to facilitate further discussions on relevant topics. The three documentaries chosen for Phase II are all about 'children in contemporary Taiwan'. The themes covered include education system, social welfare and youth cultures. The films stimulate new understanding on these issues in Taiwan in an engaging and entertaining way.

Post-screening Q&As and panel discussions will offer greater depth and context to the Study Day and help participants to further appreciate the value of documentary and to gain insight to Taiwan.


09:00-09:30 Arrival and Registration: coffee and pastry provided
09:30–09:40 Welcome address by Jörn Dosch (WREAC)
09:40–09:55 Introduction to the documentaries chosen by the event organizer, Dr Ming-Yeh Rawnsley, ICS, Leeds
09:55–11:20 Documentary screening: Jump! Boy (84 min)
11:25–12:00 Post-screening discussion and Q&A: 'Performance, Sport and Identity'

Speaker: Professor Stephen Coleman, ICS, Leeds

12:00–13:00 Lunch (not provided)
13:00–13:55 Documentary screening: The Journal of an Elementary School Student Teacher (51 min)
13:55–14:40 Post-screening discussion: 'What is it like to be a student at schools in Taiwan and in the UK?'

Panel: Zoe Fairlamb, East Asian Studies, University of Leeds; Yu-sheng Lin, Mechanical Engineering, University of Leeds

14:40–15:00 Tea Break
15:00–15:50 Documentary screening: Elephant Boy and Robo Girl (48 min)
15:50–16:20 Post-screening discussion and Q&A: 'Disability, Social Welfare and Society'

Speaker: Dr Fang-long Shih, Asia Research Centre, LSE

16:25–17:25 Final Panel Discussion and Q&A:

Panel: Professor Delia Davin, WREAC (facilitator) with Professor John Corner (ICS, Leeds), and Professor Gary Rawnsley (ICS, Leeds)

17:25–17:30 Concluding remark by Dr Ming-Yeh Rawnsley (ICS, Leeds)