After a very long summer vacation it was back to school again this week. I am now starting the second year of the Master’s in Taiwan Studies. If all goes to plan then I will finish the course within a year.
I am taking two classes this semester, State and Society in Taiwan and the Ethnic Development of China. The introductory lecture in Ethnic Development of China gave a quite fascinating overview of China’s 55 official ethnic minorities. The lecturer also pointed out some of the anomalies and mistakes in the classification. He also told the story of how the Kalmyks became the only Buddhists in Europe.
State and Society in Taiwan explores the relationship between state and civil society and also looks at frameworks for social science research. It should be very useful for me as it is related to my thesis topic which is about the rights of indigenous peoples in Taiwan.