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Ting Fai Yu

Ting-Fai Yu

Nias Individual Fellow

Project title

Global Taiwan via Southeast Asia: Cultural Politics of the New Southbound Policy

Project description

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.

Selected publications

Yu, Ting-Fai. 2024. “Queer Processes of Hong Kong as a Global Formation Post-2019: LGBTIQ+ Hong Kong Migrants and Their Experiences in Taiwan.” Global Networks. https://doi.org/10.1111/glob.12474

Yu, Ting-Fai. 2022. “Queer Sinophone Malaysia: Language, Transnational Activism, and the Role of Taiwan.” Journal of Intercultural Studies. 43(3): 303-318. https://doi.org/10.1080/07256868.2022.2010681

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. https://doi.org/10.1080/1369183X.2020.1750946