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Jens Damm - Soft Power through Cultural Diplomacy by Non-State Actors

While Taipei and Beijing are apparently no longer competing to represent
‘China’, Beijing’s claim on the island still restricts Taiwan’s cultural diplomacy. On
the other hand, various Taiwanese non-state actors are actively collaborating
with Chinese (and Chinese transnational) actors and, thus, also promoting
the image of Taiwan as an open and democratic society. In this way, they are
creating soft power for the island.

Taking into consideration various NGOs (such as a disaster relief organisation
and women’s/gender and LGBTQ groups, as well as groups involved in
academic exchange), this paper contrasts the effectiveness of their non-state
(or minjian) cultural diplomacy with state led cultural diplomacy and shows
how, particularly in cross-strait and broader transnational networks, Taiwanese
groups are, in fact, much stronger than might be expected given their weak
political position. By contrast, Chinese groups /mainland Chinese groups
continue to suffer under various restrictions despite the increasing political and
economic power (soft power, hard power) of China.

Jens Damm is an Associate Professor at the
Graduate Institute of Taiwan Studies, Chang Jung
University, Tainan, Taiwan. His research interests
include the new media and the Internet, the Taiwanese
and Chinese diasporas, and gender studies China’s
cultural diplomacy. He is currently leading a research
project at the Oriental Institute, Academy of Science,
Czech Republic supported by by the Czech Science
Foundation, GACR.


Wednesday 30th Nov., 2016

Time: 18:15

Location: SIN1, at the Department of East Asian Studies/Sinology,

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