Other David Schak
Presented by: Adjunct Associate Professor David Schak, Griffith Asia Institute and International Business and Asian Studies
The Han Chinese people in Taiwan come from the same cultural stock as the Han Chinese in the PRC. The governments in both places have run campaigns to 'civilize' the citizenry. The campaign has had limited success in the PRC, but Taiwan has become, even in the eyes of PRC visitors, a model of civility, though the changes there took place after the government campaign had ceased. This presentation will examine several key differences between Taiwan and the PRC and offer an explanation of why Taiwan society has been transformed while the PRC has not. Included in this discussion will be Taiwan's democratization process, its becoming a society for itself, and its adoption of post-industrial values.
Adjunct Associate Professor David Schak, International Business and Asian Studies, is an anthropologist specializing in the study of Chinese society in Taiwan and the PRC. He has written on a wide variety of subjects including family and family formation, poverty, beggars, business management and culture, and religion. The above presentation is based on the findings of a book-length project on civility and how it develops.
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