Reflecting on Current Affairs through Historical Records | Taipei Seminars

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On June 29th and 30th, 2024, The Wang Jingwei Irrevocable Trust will host two new book launch seminars at the Kishu An Forest of Literature, marking another significant publication event and bringing together historians and experts in current affairs to provide a broader perspective on Sino-Japanese relations throughout history, as well as the current situation across the Taiwan Strait. By delving into first-hand materials, the seminars will reflect on contemporary issues.

Since the beginning of 2024, the highly anticipated series of single-volume editions titled the Wang Jingwei & Modern China series began publication. Following the release of My Books, My Teacher: The Diary of Wang Wenxing, and Cloud, Smoke, Scattered Memories, the Memoir of Ho Mang Hang, Expanded Edition, the complete four-volume edition of Prison Writings by Members of the Wang Jingwei Regime will be launched in July.

The two book seminars on the theme of “Peace and War” will be held on June 29th and 30th at Kishu An Forest of Literature and will each have a different focus:

The first seminar on June 29th titled “Wang Jingwei and Japan - The Formation of Sino-Japanese Collaboration and Some Issues” will be presented by Professor Hsu Yuming from Ritsumeikan University in Japan and moderated by Professor Eugene Chiu from Donghai University. By reexamining firsthand historical records, the lecture will shed light on the exchanges and conflicts between China and Japan from the late Qing Dynasty to the Republican era. It will focus on the mainstream opinions before Wang Jingwei’s negotiations with Japan, as well as the various attitudes towards Wang’s regime after its establishment, unraveling the persistent issues in Sino-Japanese relations. The Trust has also invited descendants of individuals who lived under and were associated with the Wang regime to share their insights, providing a rare opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of history.

The June 30th seminar “Zheng Xiaoxu and Wang Jingwei - Poets, Prophets, Martyrs” will be presented by independent writer Yu Jie along with experts in current affairs, Akio Yaita and Sang Pu. Mr. Yu will reassess the political thinkers who were among the first to recognize China’s descent into communist authoritarianism. Through this reassessment, he aims to break free from the institutionalized narrative of modern Chinese history, including nationalism and the history of the Republic of China. Furthermore he seeks to rewrite personal and freedom narratives while seeking a new path for the future of both sides of the Taiwan Strait. Following the speech, Akio Yaita and Sang Pu will engage in a dialogue with Yu Jie, discussing Wang Jingwei’s visionary ideas and offer remarks on the development of contemporary cross-strait relations, thus connecting historical understanding with current political contexts.

We welcome all those interested in the history of the Republican Era to join us in these discussions and reflect on these important subjects.

Yuming Hsu

Yuming Hsu

Professor Hsu received his Ph.D. from Ritsumeikan University, and is presently Associate Professor at the Department and Institute of History, National Dong Hwa University. He specializes in modern Sino-Japanese relations and history of Republican era, and has published extensively on Wang Jingwei.

Eugene Chiu

Eugene Chiu

A renowned expert in Chinese Intellectual History, Professor Chiu received his Ph.D. from Ohio State University (1984-1992). He served as a Research Fellow at University of California at Berkeley and Distinguished Professor at Tunghai University.

Yu Jie

Yu Jie

A Chinese-American writer, debuted in 1998 with his novel Fire and Ice, featuring critical writing and thoughts reminiscent of Lu Xun and Bai Yang, deeply influencing a generation of young people in China.

Akio Yaita

Akio Yaita

A veteran Japanese media personality, writer, and current affairs commentator, he previously served as the head of the Taipei branch of the Sankei Shimbun newspaper.

Sang Pu

Sang Pu

A political commentator, lawyer, and adjunct assistant professor at National Yang Ming Chiao Tung University. He has been engaged in written and broadcast commentary in Hong Kong and Taiwan for many years.

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