Understanding the History of Taiwan through Dr. Jerome Keating Ep 97

5 October 2020

A note from Talking Taiwan host Felicia Lin:

 

Dr. Jerome Keating has been living in Taiwan for over 30 years. Initially he came over to Taiwan to work on the MRT. He has written several books about Taiwan. We invited him on to the podcast to talk about this latest book, Taiwan The Struggle Gains Focus. Dr. Keating also reflected on how Taiwan has changed in the past 30 years, and we discussed things past and present including Taiwan’s complicated international status, amendment of the constitution, changing the official name of Taiwan (which is the Republic of China) and redesigning the passport and flag of Taiwan.

 

In part two of our interview, Dr. Keating will talk about his other writings, what he plans to write next, and how the owners of a popular New York-based Taiwanese American restaurant sought his advice before opening their restaurant.

 

Here’s a little preview of what we talked about in this podcast episode:

 

  • What motivated Dr. Keating to write his latest book, Taiwan The Struggle Gains Focus
  • Who the book was intended for and who Dr. Keating writes for
  • How Taiwan has changed in the last 30 years
  • The semi-martial-like atmosphere of Taiwan when Dr. Keating arrived in 1988
  • Keating’s first book Island in the Stream and what motivated him to write it
  • What intrigues Dr. Keating about Taiwan as a subject matter
  • How the San Francisco Peace Treaty (signed in 1951) left Taiwan in a limbo status
  • How the US position on Taiwan 75 years after World War II is still undecided
  • The circumstances surrounding “Taiwan” aka the Republic of China losing its seat in the United Nations in 1971, which included a proposal to have 2 Chinas in the United Nations
  • The Republic of China and People’s Republic of China’s claims on China
  • How Taiwan has never had a seat in the United Nations
  • The Republic of China framework and constitution that Chiang Kai-shek and the Kuomintang brought to Taiwan
  • Keating’s thoughts on amending Taiwan’s constitution
  • Changing the official name and flag that represent Taiwan
  • Submissions for the new Taiwan passport cover design
  • The Taiwan Civil Government wanting to make Taiwan the 51st state of the United States
  • How Dr. Keating sees Taiwan’s future

 

 

Dr. Jerome Keating’s website: http://jeromekeating.com

 

 

Related Links:

 

Dr. Jerome Keating’s books:

 

Taiwan The Struggle Gains Focus: http://www.smcbook.com.tw/smc/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=61651&search=Taiwan+The+Struggle+Gains+Focus

 

 

Island in the Stream: http://www.smcbook.com.tw/smc/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=55&search=island+in+the+stream

 

 

Taiwan, the Struggles of a Democracy

 

Taiwan, the Search for Identity

 

The Mapping of Taiwan, Desired Economies, Coveted Geographies

 

The Paradigms that Guide Our Lives and Drive Our Souls

 

 

Ma Ying-jeou (former President of Taiwan): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ma_Ying-jeou

 

The Sunflower Movement: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunflower_Student_Movement

 

Submissions for the new Taiwan passport cover design: https://taiwanpassport.tw/publish_page/international_standard/page=1

 

The winning design for Taiwan’s new passport cover: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/sep/03/taiwan-demotes-republic-of-china-reference-on-new-passports?CMP=Share_iOSApp_Other&fbclid=IwAR1Kr3MQb9g2-xXto_udk7Sbez0v5gSTFvxqeT0eZOscdvfxywHhukTmAxE

 

San Francisco Peace Treaty: http://www.taiwandocuments.org/sanfrancisco01.htm

 

About the Taiwan Civil Government: https://international.thenewslens.com/article/85225

 

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