11 episodes

Taiwan Salon is a podcast produced by the Global Taiwan Institute (GTI), a 501(c)3 policy think tank in Washington, DC.
Hosted by members of GTI’s staff, Taiwan Salon examines Taiwan’s cultural policy and approach to soft power from perspectives both inside and outside the government. Through interviews, the series illuminates how Taiwan’s unique history and culture interacts with policy and pinpoints opportunities and challenges for future “soft” engagement between Taiwan and the United States.

Intro and outro music for the series is by I’mdifficult 我是機車少女.

Taiwan Salon Global Taiwan Institute

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Taiwan Salon is a podcast produced by the Global Taiwan Institute (GTI), a 501(c)3 policy think tank in Washington, DC.
Hosted by members of GTI’s staff, Taiwan Salon examines Taiwan’s cultural policy and approach to soft power from perspectives both inside and outside the government. Through interviews, the series illuminates how Taiwan’s unique history and culture interacts with policy and pinpoints opportunities and challenges for future “soft” engagement between Taiwan and the United States.

Intro and outro music for the series is by I’mdifficult 我是機車少女.

    Taiwan Salon, Episode 10: Sara Lin, Natalie Tso, and Emily Y. Wu on Media

    Taiwan Salon, Episode 10: Sara Lin, Natalie Tso, and Emily Y. Wu on Media

    In this episode of Taiwan Salon, host and GTI Research Assistant Adrienne Wu interviews three representatives of Taiwan's emerging news media: Sara Lin, director of public Relations for Taiwan Plus News; Natalie Tso, host and producer at Radio Taiwan International; and Emily Y. Wu, co-founder and CEO of Ghost Island Media. While growing interest in cross-Strait relations has led to greater international coverage of Taiwan, many western media sources still focus on Taiwan from a narrow perspective on military and political developments. For this special panel episode, we explore media narratives surrounding Taiwan, and discuss how to broaden the conversation to include other aspects of Taiwan's diverse society.

    • 47 min
    Taiwan Salon, Episode 9: Awi Mona on Taiwan’s Indigenous Communities

    Taiwan Salon, Episode 9: Awi Mona on Taiwan’s Indigenous Communities

    In this episode of Taiwan Salon, host and GTI Research Assistant Adrienne Wu and Program Assistant Zoe Weaver-Lee interview Dr. Awi Mona, Associate Professor of Law and Indigenous Studies at National Dong Hwa University. Taiwan’s cultural policies have aimed to expand the definition of Taiwanese to be more multicultural. In this episode, Dr. Awi discusses how Taiwan’s indigenous communities have been treated domestically and how they factor into Taiwan’s image internationally.

    • 30 min
    Taiwan Salon, Episode 8: Weining Hung on Taiwan’s Music Industry

    Taiwan Salon, Episode 8: Weining Hung on Taiwan’s Music Industry

    In this episode of Taiwan Salon, host and GTI Research Assistant Adrienne Wu and Program Assistant Zoe Weaver-Lee interview Weining Hung, the co-founder of LUCfest, an annual music festival that seeks to showcase new talent, as well as to connect Taiwan's musicians with international audiences and the broader global music industry. Ms. Hung discusses the barriers faced by Taiwan’s music industry, and how both the government and industry professionals are facing these challenges.

    • 24 min
    Taiwan Salon Episode 7: Alan Bairner on Sports Diplomacy

    Taiwan Salon Episode 7: Alan Bairner on Sports Diplomacy

    In this episode of Taiwan Salon, host and GTI Research Assistant Adrienne Wu and Program Assistant Zoe Weaver-Lee interview Dr. Alan Bairner, a professor of Sport and Social Theory at Loughborough University (UK). In the conversation, Dr. Bairner discusses the role of sports in cultural diplomacy, as well as the challenges and opportunities faced by Taiwan in relation to hosting and participating in international sporting events.

    • 32 min
    Taiwan Salon, Episode 6: Randall L. Nadeau on Academic Exchanges

    Taiwan Salon, Episode 6: Randall L. Nadeau on Academic Exchanges

    In this episode of Taiwan Salon, host and GTI Research Assistant Adrienne Wu and Program Manager Marshall Reid interview Dr. Randall L. Nadeau, the executive director of the Foundation for Scholarly Exchange, commonly known as Fulbright Taiwan. Discussing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and Confucius Institute closures, Dr. Nadeau talks about trends of interest in academic exchanges between the United States and Taiwan.

    • 27 min
    Taiwan Salon, Episode 5: Hsin-Huang Michael Hsiao on the New Southbound Policy

    Taiwan Salon, Episode 5: Hsin-Huang Michael Hsiao on the New Southbound Policy

    In this episode of Taiwan Salon, host and GTI Research Assistant Adrienne Wu and Program Manager Marshall Reid interview Dr. Hsin-Huang Michael Hsiao, the chairman of the Taiwan-Asia Exchange Foundation and the chairman of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies at National Chengchi University. Dr. Hsiao discusses the importance of people-to-people ties in Taipei’s New Southbound Policy and how NGOs complement work being done by the government.

    • 29 min

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