On April 28, 2016, Professor Bruce Jacobs spoke at USALI about his life and career. Born in Florida and raised in California, Professor Jacobs spent his formative years in Colorado. He went to Columbia University as political science major, where he developed his interest in China and studied Chinese as a result. Professor Jacobs has been a long time observer of Taiwan. He studied Chinese literature at National Taiwan University. During the talk, Professor Jacobs talked about his observation of the Kaohsiung Incident and shared his views on the prospects and challenges of Tsai's Administration. Information about Professor Jacob's forthcoming book is available here.
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After studying Chinese as an undergraduate student at Columbia College of Columbia University, Bruce Jacobs made his first trip to Taiwan in 1965, where he studied at the Graduate Institute of History at National Taiwan University. He then returned to Columbia for postgraduate studies and wrote his first article on Taiwan in The China Quarterly(January/March 1971). He returned to Taiwan for doctoral field research on local politics in rural Taiwan. After receiving his Ph.D in 1975, Bruce migrated to Australia where he continued to visit Taiwan annually until placed on the blacklist in 1980. He came off the blacklist in 1992 and has returned to Taiwan regularly since then. His last teaching post in Australia was as chaired Professor of Asian Languages and Studies at Monash University (1991-2013) where he continues as Emeritus Professor of Asian Languages and Studies.
His recent books on Taiwan include Local Politics in Rural Taiwan under Dictatorship and Democracy (Norwalk, CT: EastBridge, 2008), Democratizing Taiwan (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2012), and The Kaohsiung Incident in Taiwan and Memoirs of a Foreign Big Beard (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2016, in press). He has also edited the four-volume Critical Readings in China-Taiwan Relations (Leiden and Boston: Brill, 2014). His current project is A History of Taiwan.