Course Information
Course title
Exploring Taiwan: Women and Taiwanese Society 
Semester
108-1 
Designated for
VARIOUS PROGRAM  PROGRAM IN TAIWAN STUDIES  
Instructor
KUO JEN-FENG 
Curriculum Number
LibEdu1078 
Curriculum Identity Number
H01 07800 
Class
 
Credits
2.0 
Full/Half
Yr.
Half 
Required/
Elective
Elective 
Time
Monday 3,4(10:20~12:10) 
Remarks
The upper limit of the number of students: 95. 
Ceiba Web Server
http://ceiba.ntu.edu.tw/1081LibEdu1078_ 
Course introduction video
 
Table of Core Capabilities and Curriculum Planning
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Course Syllabus
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Course Description

Since the emergence of the feminist movement in Taiwan by the 1970s, Taiwanese society has seen more than a few women’s issues proposed and discussed in an increasingly broad and extensive manner. Reflecting the changes in socio-politics and cultural conditions, the general perspectives in which the same issue is discussed also changes. In this course we explore Taiwanese women’s conditions of the twentieth century, with an emphasis on the more modern period, that is, the mid-to-late twentieth century. With a brief introduction of what Taiwanese women’s traditions may involve and how Taiwanese women modernize, we explore how the feminist movements unfolded, how they reflect or change Taiwanese women’s social status, the rise of women’s studies and/or feminist scholarship, sexual violence, sex work, and lesbian issues. We also reflect on issues of migration and global human flow, and discuss how the introduction of immigrant spouses as well as migrant workers may compel us to rethink women’s issues in contemporary Taiwan. 

Course Objective
This is an all-English course of the general education level, in which we engage social studies on women’s issues in Taiwan. On such premises, this course is meant to channel through various topics regarding women in Taiwan with a critical approach; this course is also meant to introduce those topics intellectually to international students who may have arrived in Taiwan, with limited information of the social history and general conditions of Taiwanese women. This course is aimed to help students establish an understanding of fundamental and crucial social issues regarding Taiwanese women within one semester. Through the lecture and film appreciation, this course is meant to inspire the students to apply the knowledge outside of the classroom, to pay more attention to everyday life, and to find more relevance as well as connection in daily experiences. 
Course Requirement
This course expects the student to read the required references on weekly basis. Each week before class, the student needs to prepare with assigned readings for in-class discussions. After class, the student may explore personal thinking practices, further readings, and/or multimedia appreciation. Reading materials may be used as a subject of observations and reflections for the final paper. 
Office Hours
Appointment required. 
References
王雅各(1999)。《臺灣婦女解放運動史》,台北,巨流
何春蕤(1994)。《豪爽女人:女性主義與性解放》,台北,皇冠
日日春關懷互助協會(2002)。《與娼同行,翻牆越界:公娼運動抗爭文集》,台北,巨流
張娟芬(2011)。《姊妹戲牆:女同志運動學》,台北,時報
趙彥寧(2005)。《帶著草帽到處旅行:性/別、權力、國家》,台北,巨流
夏曉鵑(2002)。《流離尋岸:資本國際化下的「外籍新娘」現象》,台北,台灣社會研究叢刊
藍佩嘉(2008)。《跨國灰姑娘》,台北,行人文化實驗室
陳美華(1999)。〈物化或解放——女性主義者關於代理孕母的爭論〉,月旦法學(52)
張立明(2004). “Surrogate Motherhood”, 臺灣醫學人文學刊(5:1/2), 48-62.

二、 延伸閱讀
Week 1. Introduction.
Week 2. Susan Mann. Precious Records: Women in China’s Long Eighteenth Century. Stanford University Press, 1997. Chapters 2, 4.
Week 3. Doris T. Chang. Women’s Movements in Twentieth-Century Taiwan. University of Illinois Press, 2009. Chapter 1.
Week 4. Women’s Movements in Twentieth-Century Taiwan. Chapter 2.
Week 5. Film appreciation: Eat, Drink, Man, Woman (1994)
Week 6. STUDENT PRESENTATION WEEK.
Week 7. 《臺灣婦女解放運動史》. Chapters 6-7.
Week 8. 婦女救援基金會(1999)。《台灣慰安婦報告》,台北,台灣商務印書館。Chapter 1.
Week 9. STUDENT DEBATES
Week 10. 紀慧文(1998)。《12位上班小姐的生涯故事》,台北,唐山。Chapters 1-2.
Week 11. 張娟芬(2011)。《姊妹戲牆:女同志運動學》,台北,時報。Chapter 5.
Week 12. 張娟芬(2011)。《愛的自由式:女同志故事書》,台北,時報。Chapters 1-5.
Week 13. 夏曉鵑(2002)。《流離尋岸:資本國際化下的「外籍新娘」現象》,台北,台灣社會研究叢刊。Chapters 3-4.
Week 14. 邱琡雯(2005)。《性別與移動》,台北,巨流。Chapters 5-7.
Week 15. 藍佩嘉(2008)。《跨國灰姑娘》,台北,行人文化實驗室。Chapters 2-3.
Week 16. 台灣國際勞工協會(2008)。《凝視驛鄉Voyage 15840移工攝影集》,台北,印刻。
Week 17. Film appreciation: Pap Smear (2014).
Week 18. FINAL EXAM WEEK. 
Designated reading
待補 
Grading
 
No.
Item
%
Explanations for the conditions
1. 
Group discussion 
30% 
 
2. 
Midterm paper 
30% 
 
3. 
Final paper 
40% 
 
 
Progress
Week
Date
Topic
Week 1
9/09  Introduction 
Week 2
9/16  Taiwanese women’s gender traditions and Chinese legacy 
Week 3
9/23  Taiwanese women’s modernizing experiences 
Week 4
9/30  Feminist movement in Taiwan: pioneers, the 1970s and the 1980s 
Week 5
10/07  Film appreciation: Eat Drink Man Woman (飲食男女, 1994) 
Week 6
10/14  Feminist movement in Taiwan since the 1990s: Scholarship 
Week 7
10/21  Lesbianism and gay/lesbian right movements in Taiwan 
Week 8
10/28  Film appreciation: Small Talk (日常對話, 2017) or Alifu (阿莉芙, 2017) 
Week 9
11/04  MIDTERM EXAM WEEK: STUDENT PRESENTATION WEEK 
Week 10
11/11  Sexual violence: domestic violence, sexual harassment & assault, and legislation 
Week 11
11/18  Film appreciation & discussion: Sex/Appeal (寒蟬效應, 2012) 
Week 12
11/25  The Commercialization and Commodification of Sex: Sex-related Industry in Modern Taiwan 
Week 13
12/02  (Former) comfort women in Taiwan: History & Struggles 
Week 14
12/09  Gender, transnational marriage and the emergence of immigrant spouses in Taiwan 
Week 15
12/16  Film appreciation: The Golden Child (金孫, 2012) or Bridge over Troubled Water (拔一條河, 2013) 
Week 16
12/23  Gender and the emergence of Southeast Asian migrant worker women in Taiwan 
Week 17
12/30  Film appreciation and discussion: Lesbian Factory (T婆工廠, 2010) 
Week 18
1/6  FINAL EXAM WEEK: Epilogue & notable contemporary issues on women in Taiwan