A Southern Perspective on Things: China, Climate Change, and Ghosts

Professor Lung Yingtai 龍應台

Lung Yingtai resigned as culture minister of Taiwan in December 2014, and in 2017 she decided to move to a small town in southern Taiwan to take care of her aged mother. During the two-year stay in the rural community, living among farmers and fishermen, she discovered that the Weltanschauung of her southern compatriots is quite different from that of the city people or policy makers of Taipei.

About the speaker

Professor Lung Yingtai 龍應台 is a celebrated Taiwanese writer, cultural critic and historical activist. Having written 30 books, she enjoys a large readership across the Chinese world. After receiving her doctorate in English Literature from Kansas State University, Professor Lung taught in several universities, including City University of New York, Tamkang University, and the University of Heidelberg.

In her political life, Professor Lung was Director of the Bureau of Cultural Affairs, Taipei (1999-2003) and then Taiwan’s first Minister of Culture (2012-2014). In 2008, she was appointed the inaugural “Hung Leung Hau Ling Distinguished Fellow in Humanities” by The University of Hong Kong.

In 1985, she published her first collection of essays, Wild Fire, critiquing political, social and cultural issues faced by the Taiwanese people at that time. The book went through twenty-four printings within three weeks. Her latest work, Forever and Ever: Letters to Mei-Jun (2018), reflects on kinship, the impermanence of life and cross-generational discourse.

5.30pm drinks reception for 6pm lecture.

Registration opens on 23 August 2019.

The Taiwan Studies Lecture Series is an initiative under the Taiwan Studies Program at ANU generously supported by the Ministry of Education, Republic of China (Taiwan).

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Professor Lung Yingtai 龍應台

Dates & times

Thursday, 26 September 2019

5.30pm - 7.30pm


Nancy Chiu


Auditorium, China in the World Building (188), Fellows Lane, ANU

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