Formosa as a Safe Haven? Taiwan's asylum situation and what people think of it
Speaker: Kristina Kironska (Palacky University Olomouc)
Time: Tuesday, April 4, 2023, 4-5:30 pm PDT
Place: SSMS 2135, UC Santa Barbara
Taiwan – one of the most progressive countries in Asia – has no asylum law. Due to its political status and complicated relationship with China, there are serious concerns surrounding this topic (the so-called “China Factor”). Compared to UN member countries, Taiwan is on its own when it comes to the asylum issue, although adopting an asylum law is part of a broader push to bring Taiwan’s legal system in line with international human rights law. In this lecture, Kironska will present the results of the first-ever complex nationally representative (in terms of age, gender, and regions) survey on Taiwanese people’s stance on the refugee issue (the author is one of the conveners of this survey, the Sinophone Borderlands Survey).
Kristina Kironska is a socially engaged interdisciplinary academic with experience in election observation, research, advocacy, and activism. She is an Assistant Professor at Palacky University Olomouc, Czech Republic, Co-Director of Asian Studies at the Central European Institute (CEIAS), and Chair of the Board of Amnesty International Slovakia.
For more information, please see: https://taiwancenter.eastasian.ucsb.edu/taiwan-talks/.
Li-Ting Chang 張立亭
Graduate Research Assistant
Center for Taiwan Studies
University of California at Santa Barbara