The Taiwanese Student Association at the University of Hawaiʻi at Manoa and the East-West Center cordially invite you to an Aloha Ceremony and Reception to celebrate the opening of the exhibition “Beautiful Island: Taiwan’s Journey to Democracy”.
We recommend you to visit the exhibition before you come to the reception in Sinclair Library (2425 Campus Rd, Honolulu, HI 96822).
We are glad to have the Dr. Richard R. Vuylsteke, President of East-West Center, Chang Tieh-Chih, the curator of the exhibition and a Taiwanese political & cultural commentator, and Shawna Yang Ryan, the author of the novel Green Island, make some remarks about Taiwan’s democracy.
Thursday, October 18, 2018
Lunchroom— 1st floor
6:00 p.m. ~ 7:00 p.m.
1601 East-West Rd,
Honolulu, HI 96848
The opening of the exhibition will take place tonight, Thursday, October 18 at East-West Center in the Lunchroom on the first floor, from 6pm to 7pm. The exhibit will remain open through November 19, 2018.
About the Exhibit:
Taiwan has had an eventful history: as a Dutch entrepot, a Chinese frontier, a Japanese colony, and as a Cold War redoubt for the Chinese Nationalist Party. Today, Taiwan in a prosperous democracy with a thriving civil society. How did it come about?
This exhibit tells this epic story to the world, hoping that people will not only have a better understanding about this wonderful island, but will also perceive Taiwan as in the frontline int he pursuit of democracy in the current world.
The exhibition initiated by the Taiwan Studies Program at University of Washington. University of Hawaiʻi is the second stop of its U.S. tour. Taiwan’s population consists of Hoklo Han Taiwanese, Hakka Han Taiwanese, Mainland Taiwanese and Indigenous Peoples. As two sites int he Pacific that share similar yet distinct experiences of U.S. Cold War politics, viewers of this exhibition may further reflect on what it means to think about movements in Taiwan here in Hawaiʻi.