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École française d'Extrême-Orient
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Seminar : Chan Tsai-yun
24 APRIL 13
EFEO Taipei & CEFC Taipei Seminar

Date: Wednesday, April 24, 2013, at 2:30 pm

Venue: Room B202, Research Center For Humanities and Social Science, Academia Sinica

Title: The Palace Museum: A Political History of an Heritage Both Shared and Disputed

Speaker: Chan Tsai-yun

The National Palace Museum (gugong) was established in Beijing in 1925. After 1949, its collections have been divided into two separate institutions, one in Taipei and one in Beijing. In Taiwan, Chiang Kai-shek made use of it to justify the claim of the Republic of China to represent the entire Chinese nation. Then with the rise of a Taiwanese identity, the Palace Museum has become a disputed issue within Taiwan. The People’s Republic of China still claims its property on the collection brought to Taiwan in 1949, but avoids the issue so as not to give more arguments to Taiwan pro independence camp. China and Taiwan have divergent political agendas, at varying degrees depending if the government is KMT or DPP. The Palace Museum, however, has shaped a cultural identity that is shared to some extent by both countries. This cultural institution is therefore both a symbol of fascination and rejection as well as a political object manipulated by different policy options.

Tsai-yun CHAN received her PhD in 2012 from Sciences Po Paris. Her dissertation (supervised by Prof. Françoise Mengin) dealt with the cultural and political history of the National Palace Museum. She is currently a lecturer at the National Taiwan University of Arts.

The seminar will be held in French chaired by Paola Calanca, director of the EFEO Taipei Center and Paul Jobin, Director of CEFC Taipei.

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