Global Taiwan via Southeast Asia: Cultural Politics of the New Southbound Policy
The New Southbound Policy (NSP), introduced in 2016, is the flagship initiative of Taiwan’s ruling Democratic Progressive Party. Its primary objective is to enhance bilateral relationships with countries in South and Southeast Asia, reducing Taiwan’s economic dependence on the Chinese market. Existing research has predominantly focused on diplomatic relations and foreign governance, examining economic interactions, financial and human capital flows. However, there has been a lack of sustained scholarly investigation into the role of cultural production and creative practices in facilitating Taiwan’s ambitious outbound project for global relevance, particularly in the context of Southeast Asia.
Ting-Fai Yu seeks to address this gap by exploring the cultural dynamics and, specifically, the significance of culture and visuality in Taiwan’s integration into Southeast Asia. His research aims to examine the critical efforts that contribute to these geographical reimaginations.
Yu, Ting-Fai. 2022. “Factors Motivating Chinese Malaysian University Students’ Educational Mobility to Taiwan: State Racism, Historical Connections, and Sinophone Cultural Consumption.” International Journal of Taiwan Studies. 1-22.
Yu, Ting-Fai. 2022. “Queer Sinophone Malaysia: Language, Transnational Activism, and the Role of Taiwan.” Journal of Intercultural Studies. 43(3): 303-318.
Yu, Ting-Fai. 2021. “Queer Migration across the Sinophone World: Queer Chinese Malaysian Students’ Educational Mobility to Taiwan.” Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. 47(15): 3549-3563.