The Taiwan Studies Programme is delighted to announce that Professor Yun-han Chu, President of the Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange, will be presenting the second of the 2013/14 series of Taiwan Studies lectures on "How Asians view a rising China: Implications for Taiwan".
Yun-han Chu is a distinguised research fellow of the Institute of Political Science at Academia Sinica and a Professor of Political Science at National Taiwan University. He serves concurrently President of the Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation for International Scholarly Exchange. He has been a Vsiting Professor of Columbia University and Peking University. He has been coordinator of the Asian Barometer Survey, a cross-national survey on political values, citizen politics and quality of democracy covering 19 Asian countries, since its foundation in 2000 and is alsothe Vice Chairman of the Global Barometer Surveys. Dr. Chu was President of the Chinese Association of Political Science (Taipei) from 2002 to 2004, a member of the International Council of the Asia Society from 2001 to 2007 and a member of the Council of American Political Science Association from 2009 to 2011. He currently serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Democracy, China Review, Journal of Contemporary China, International Studeies Perspectives, Chinese Journal of Political Science, China Perspective and Journal of East Asian Studies. He is the author, co-author, editor or co-editor of fifteen books. Among his recent publications are How East Asians View Democracy (Columbia University Press, 2008) Citizens, Elections and Parties in East Asia (Lynn Reinner, 2008) Dynamics of Local Governance in China During the Reform Era (Rowan & Littlefield Pub Inc, 2013). Dr Chu is a three-time recipient of the Outstanding Research Award of National Science Council. He was elected Academician of Academia Sinica in 2012, the highest academic honour in the Republic of China.
There is a growing awareness among China's foreign policy circle that soft power can help make China's rise more palatable to the world. Over the last decade Chinese government has invested billions of dollars to cultivate and upgrade its country's image abroad. China watchers have dubbed China's recent effort to prop up its public diplomacy and enhance its soft power as 'charm offencives'. But they have often raised doubt about to what extent China's diplomatic efforts and publicity programs have been effective. It is important to look at the story at the receivers' side as Nye correctly pointed out that soft powerdepends of willing interpreters and receivers. However, in the past empirical evidence on how East Asians view a rising China were lacking and scarce. The latest wave of Asian Barometer fills the important void. This latest survey data enable us to assess to what extent China's charm offensives have been able to win over the hearts of the Taiwanese people. It also allows us to compare the similarities and differences between Taiwan and the rest of the region and to decipher the relative importance of individual-level explanatory variables such as socio-economic background, economic assessment, ideology and political values vis-a-vis that of the country-level structural variables such as security relationship, geographic and cultural proximity and economic interdependence. Please find attached the powerpoint presentation for the lecture.