🚶♀🚶🚶♂ Schizophrenia Boulevard Taipei: Guided Tour to Taiwan’s Struggle with Dark Memory
👍 Guided tour by: Dr. Yu-Juin (June) Wang
🕑 Date: 10/16 14:00-16:00
🪙 Fee: 600 NTD
🌏 Language: English
📢 Starting point: MRT Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall Station, Exit 2.
⭐ With this two-hours walking tour into the past 100 years of Taiwan, we aim at exploring the hidden stories of trauma and reconciliation in their global context. Many factors, including the Ironic of the conflicting identities, the aspirations and the tragedies of the intellectuals, the commemorative culture, and politics, etc, contribute to the diverse, as well as unique mosaics of the “Schizophrenia Boulevard Taipei”.
⭐ About the speaker:
👉 June is a game changer and culture architect for inclusion and impact, a curator for social design, and an ecosystem enabler. She founded the and (EIC) projects which aim to empower networking and co-working for social entrepreneurs across Taiwan and Europe. NN 15 and EIC focus on challenges from three major areas: and, with particular emphasis on social design and social communication.
🏅 In 2018, June was awarded by the German Institute Taipei for her engagement. During 2018-19, EIC organized 8 tours visiting Germany with various themes including co-housing, animal-assisted intervention, digital future for an aging society, loneliness, and mental health.
👩🎓 June holds a Ph.D. degree in Physics (SUNY Stony Brook, USA), a master’s (Magister) degree in Philosophy and is a Ph.D. candidate in Political Science (both at the University of Trier, Germany). She has conducted post-doctoral research at the Chalmers University of Technology in Goeteborg, Sweden. She frequently gives public talks on European culture and society and on topics related to social innovation and ESG impact entrepreneurship and has translated several books from English and German into Chinese. Her former engagement includes positions as an adjunct assistant Professor of Liberal Education at the Taipei Medical University (TMU), and as a researcher at the College of Technology Management at National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan.
⭐ About the tour:
One side is the museum named to commemorate the people prosecuted or killed in the struggle toward democratization, while the other side is the hall named by the ruler of the authoritarian government. We will take a walk in this contrastive area of Taipei, in both locational and historical senses.
Dr. Yu-Juin Wang, with her trans-disciplinary and trans-cultural training in Taiwanese and European culture and society, and as the daughter of a political victim during the White Terror period in Taiwan, will guide us via the history of struggling with the dark memory of Taiwan and the rocky path toward democracy.
Starting from Exit 2 of MRT CKS Memorial Hall Station, we will walk along the Nanhai Rd westbound and stop by the Nanmen Market and the National Taiwan Museum for the memories of post-1949 migration history and of Japanese colonial times.
Further westbound at No.54 of Nanhai Rd. is the National 228 Memorial Museum, a grandiose historical monument with architectural elegance of the 1930s. This building itself is a witness to the upheaval of social and political changes throughout the Japanese colonial period, the martial law and Cold War era, to the current-day democracy. The museum has been playing an increasingly important role in civic education and the preservation of documents and memories.
After the museum, we then stop by the entrance of Taipei Municipal Jianguo High School, where the statue of Chiang Kai-Shek in a heroic post has been drawing criticism and creative parodies from different social sectors.
The journey ends in Taipei Botanical garden where Dr. Wang will conclude this tour in a surrounding with bio-diversity and cultural and historical monuments.