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

Presented by ANU College of Asia & the Pacific


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.  
Professor Lung Yingtai 龍應台 is a Taiwanese celebrated writer, cultural critic and historical activist. Having written 30 books, she enjoys a large readership in Greater China. In her political life, Yingtai was Director of 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. Her latest work, Forever and Ever: Letters to Mei-Jun (2018), reflects on kinship, the impermanence of life and generational discourse.   
Registration opens on 5 September 2019. The Taiwan Studies Lecture Series is an intiative under the Taiwan Studies Program generously supported by the Ministry of Education, Republic of China (Taiwan).