Taiwan's Bookstore: Confucius or confused(ion)

Bookstore 1 Pei-Chia Lan

Pei-Chia Lan

Sociologist / Author / Professor

Bookstore 2 An-ting Liu

An-ting Liu

Teach For Taiwan Founder / Educator

Bookstore 3 Patience Chuang

Patience Chuang

Chief Editor of SpringHill Publishing

Confucius, the iconic figure of Confucianism who made a profound influence on Asian culture, has attracted attention again in recent years due to the controversy of Confucius Institutes. When a historical figure is used as the poster boy, when the doctrines are cherry-picked and purposely interpreted to serve an autocratic regime or monarchy, when Confucianism still dominates the social and family structure, educational policy and life of many, we have to rethink the influence of Confucianism on modern society.

How can Taiwanese parents who are influenced by traditional values ​​choose their own way of parenting among Western values ​​and traditions? What are the similarities and differences between these Taiwanese parents and the Taiwanese who have immigrated to the United States or Canada? Readers who care about educational issues in Canada and Taiwan will discuss the struggle of modern parenthood in a forum with Pei-Chia Lan, Professor of Sociology and Director of Global Asia Research Center at National Taiwan University, author of Raising Global Families: Parenting, Immigration, and Class in Taiwan and the US (Stanford, 2018), and Anting Liu, founder and board chair of the award-winning non-profit Teach for Taiwan (TFT), hosted by Patience Chuang, Chief Editor of SpringHill Publishing.

Through a writing competition held on Matters, people who write in the Chinese language from different corners of the world explored their interpretation and imagination of Confucianism in modern society. Reflecting on their own life journeys, they shared the influence and impact of Confucius doctrines.

FORUM:Struggling to Raise Children: Globalization, Parental Anxieties and Unequal Childhood

Speaker: Pei-Chia Lan

Pei-Chia Lan is Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Director of the Global Asia Research Center at National Taiwan University. She received a Ph.D. from Northwestern University and was a Yenching-Radcliffe fellow at Harvard University, a Fulbright scholar at New York University, a visiting professor at Waseda and Kyoto University, and a postdoctoral fellow at UC Berkeley. Her major publications include Global Cinderellas: Migrant Domestics and Newly Rich Employers in Taiwan (Duke 2006, won a Distinguished Book Award from the Sex and Gender Section of the American Sociological Association and ICAS Book Prize: Best Study in Social Science from the International Convention of Asian Scholars) and Raising Global Families: Parenting, Immigration, and Class in Taiwan and the US (Stanford, 2018).

Anting Liu

Anting Liu is the founder and board chair of the award-winning non-profit Teach for Taiwan (TFT). She grew up in Taichung, Taiwan and at 18 left for Princeton University, where she studied international and public affairs, with a focus on education policy. Her research and teaching work took her to Ghana, Haiti, France, Cambodia, and youth prisons in the US. After a brief time as a management consultant in New York, she returned to Taiwan in 2013 to start TFT. TFT’s mission, in short, is to ensure excellent education for all through collective leadership. Its 2-year, highly selective fellowship program has placed over 300 fellows in rural areas in Taiwan, reaching over 5000 children, as its alumni network grows in size and impact. In 2016, Liu was named one of Forbes’ “30 under 30 Asia” for her outstanding work in social entrepreneurship. In 2020 she co-founded “School 28” (Taiwan’s first organization focused on cultivating “impact talent”) and “Education Colab” (Taiwan’s first physical hub for education start-ups). She sits on multiple NGO boards and serves as an Advisor to the National Development Council. She lives in Banqiao with her husband and 1 year old daughter.

Moderator: Patience Chuang

Chief Editor of SpringHill Publishing

FORUM:Struggling to Raise Children: Globalization, Parental Anxieties and Unequal Childhood

Confucius, the iconic figure of Confucianism who made a profound influence on Asian culture, has attracted attention again in recent years due to the controversy of Confucius Institutes. When a historical figure is used as the poster boy, when the doctrines are cherry-picked and purposely interpreted to serve an autocratic regime or monarchy, when Confucianism still dominates the social and family structure, educational policy and life of many, we have to rethink the influence of Confucianism on modern society.

How can Taiwanese parents who are influenced by traditional values ​​choose their own way of parenting among Western values ​​and traditions? What are the similarities and differences between these Taiwanese parents and the Taiwanese who have immigrated to the United States or Canada? Readers who care about educational issues in Canada and Taiwan will discuss the struggle of modern parenthood in a forum with Pei-Chia Lan, Professor of Sociology and Director of Global Asia Research Center at National Taiwan University, author of Raising Global Families: Parenting, Immigration, and Class in Taiwan and the US (Stanford, 2018), and Anting Liu, founder and board chair of the award-winning non-profit Teach for Taiwan (TFT), hosted by Patience Chuang, Chief Editor of SpringHill Publishing.

Through a writing competition held on Matters, people who write in the Chinese language from different corners of the world explored their interpretation and imagination of Confucianism in modern society. Reflecting on their own life journeys, they shared the influence and impact of Confucius doctrines.

Bookstore 1 Pei-Chia Lan

Pei-Chia Lan

Sociologist / Author / Professor

Pei-Chia Lan is Distinguished Professor of Sociology and Director of the Global Asia Research Center at National Taiwan University. She received a Ph.D. from Northwestern University and was a Yenching-Radcliffe fellow at Harvard University, a Fulbright scholar at New York University, a visiting professor at Waseda and Kyoto University, and a postdoctoral fellow at UC Berkeley. Her major publications include Global Cinderellas: Migrant Domestics and Newly Rich Employers in Taiwan (Duke 2006, won a Distinguished Book Award from the Sex and Gender Section of the American Sociological Association and ICAS Book Prize: Best Study in Social Science from the International Convention of Asian Scholars) and Raising Global Families: Parenting, Immigration, and Class in Taiwan and the US (Stanford, 2018).

Bookstore 2 An-ting Liu

An-ting Liu

Teach For Taiwan Founder / Educator

Anting Liu is the founder and board chair of the award-winning non-profit Teach for Taiwan (TFT). She grew up in Taichung, Taiwan and at 18 left for Princeton University, where she studied international and public affairs, with a focus on education policy. Her research and teaching work took her to Ghana, Haiti, France, Cambodia, and youth prisons in the US. After a brief time as a management consultant in New York, she returned to Taiwan in 2013 to start TFT. TFT’s mission, in short, is to ensure excellent education for all through collective leadership. Its 2-year, highly selective fellowship program has placed over 300 fellows in rural areas in Taiwan, reaching over 5000 children, as its alumni network grows in size and impact. In 2016, Liu was named one of Forbes’ “30 under 30 Asia” for her outstanding work in social entrepreneurship. In 2020 she co-founded “School 28” (Taiwan’s first organization focused on cultivating “impact talent”) and “Education Colab” (Taiwan’s first physical hub for education start-ups). She sits on multiple NGO boards and serves as an Advisor to the National Development Council. She lives in Banqiao with her husband and 1 year old daughter.

Bookstore 3 Patience Chuang

Patience Chuang

Chief Editor of SpringHill Publishing

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Struggling to Raise Children Globalization, Parental Anxieties and Unequal Childhood

Struggling to Raise Children: Globalization, Parental Anxieties and Unequal Childhood

Pei-Chia Lan

Raising Global Families Parenting, Immigration, and Class in Taiwan and the US

Raising Global Families: Parenting, Immigration, and Class in Taiwan and the US

Pei-Chia Lan

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