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CHIN 3163: Taiwanese Literature and Film: Home

This guide introduces sources on modern and contemporary Taiwanese literature works and films.

Course Descriptions

This course introduces students to the historical and social backgrounds of twentieth-century Taiwan, from the first half of the twentieth century when Taiwan was under the rule of Japan, through the period of 1949-1987 as the Nationalist Party imposed the Martial Law, to the post-Martial Law era (1987-present) when Taiwanese people negotiated with a modernity that is complicated by the island’s critical geopolitical position. Readings include a variety of literary genres (short stories, essays, dramas, novels and memoirs) that bear distinctive marks of Taiwan’s lively and diverse literary trends. Films include those by internationally renowned directors such as Hou Hsiao-hsien, Ang Lee, Edward Yang, and Chen Yu-Hsun.

Taiwan Resource Center (TRC)

The Taiwan Resource Center (TRC) was established in December 2004 to provide a specialized collection of resources for advanced study and research on Taiwan and is open to all researchers actively engaged in the study of Taiwan regardless of institutional affiliation.

Location:  Global Resources Center, Room 708 (Gelman Library)

Contact:  Dr. Yan He. Email: Tel: (202)994-0624

All users are required to present a picture ID at the main access desk before entering the Library. 

Hours of service & Contact information

Fall and spring semesters

Monday – Thursday          10:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Friday                               10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Saturday & Sunday           11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Summer, holiday and intersession hours may vary.  Please call (202) 994-7105 or visit the web site at

Browsing Stacks

Location of Books: 

English-language books: 6th Floor, general stacks, Gelman Library

Chinese-language books: Taiwan Resource Center, Room 708, Gelman Library

Call Number: 

PL2250-3208   (Chinese Literature)

PN1993.5 .C5 or T.28 (Motion Pictures Taiwan)

DS773.83 - DS777.544  (Republic of China--history, 1912-1949)

DS798.92-799.9 (Taiwan--history, 1949-)



Location of Films

1.Global Resource Center (Room 708, Gelman Library)

2.Gelman Media Open (First Floor, Gelman Library)

Subject Guide

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Global Resources Center GRC
Global Resources Center
Gelman Library
2130 H Street, NW
Suite 708
Washington, DC 20052
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