This morning, President Joe Biden’s chief of staff gave you a call. The Preside
This morning, President Joe Biden’s chief of staff gave you a call. The President received a report on Taiwan’s present society, politics, and economy and he wants your opinion on it. You are, after all, a world-renowned historian of modern Taiwan. As you read through the report, you notice that it not only makes zero meaningful reference of Taiwan’s history, but in fact argues that Taiwan’s current situation has no relationship with its colonial past. The gall…!
Write a response addressed to President Biden elaborating why Taiwan’s past affects its present. Focus in particular on how Taiwan’s colonial pasts have an impact on its contemporary society, politics, and economy, such as ethnicity and identity, democracy, social memories and traumas, built spaces, etc. Reference all four colonial regimes in your response: Dutch, Qing, Japanese, and KMT.
800 to 1100 words, double spaced, standard font (Times New Roman, etc.) per essay
Utilize and cite 8-15 course readings per essay. Choose meaningful quotes from each reading, and please choose the quotes carefully and after consideration. Meaningful quotes will achieve better results.
Note: There is no expectation to reference sources that were not assigned in course, though you may choose to do so. However, grading will only expect course readings as sources, unless you are making arguments that course readings cannot satisfy.
Provide a citation for any non-general knowledge, including course readings. Consistent and complete citations, ideally Chicago format, with a URL. No need to spend a lot of time getting the formatting perfect, as long as all the information is available for me to easily reference and cross-check.
Even though you are writing to the President, for the purposes of grading please be sure to write in a scholarly manner. You will be graded upon the scholarly criteria, especially integrating the course readings, and not prose or rhetoric. Further details (including rubric) below: