Roundtable on “Reconciliation with the Past and Transitional Justice: Comparing Taiwan and Czechia”

14/12/2017 Ondřej Klimeš Events, News, Prague

Taiwan and the Czech Republic share a legacy of troubled past. Although their transitions to democracy have been successful in many respects, in both countries the reflection of historical experience remains complicated.

In Taiwan, many unresolved issues of the past are being addressed only after Tsai Ing-wen became president in 2016 and initiated a new approach to transitional justice. The speakers will discuss how controversial historical issues are reflected by collective memory and public debate in Taiwan, and how the country’s past affects its present social and political trends. The discussion will then compare the reconciliation with the past in Taiwan and in the Czech Republic.

Roundtable co-organized by: Taiwan Economic and Cultural Office Prague & Oriental Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences .

Time: Thursday December 14, 2017, at 2:00 – 5:30 PM

Venue: Václav Havel Library, Ostrovní 13, Prague 1


Prof Chen Fang-ming (Emeritus, National Chengchi University, Taiwan)

Prof Chang Chia-ming (Director, Central and Eastern European Center, Soochow University, Taiwan)

Prof Olga Lomová (Director, Institute of East Asian Studies, Charles University, Prague)

Mr Michael Žantovský (Director, Václav Havel Library)



14:00 – 14:05 Opening remarks by HE Representative Mr Wang Chung-I (Taipei Economic and Cultural Office)

14:05 – 14:10 Opening remarks by Mr Ondřej Beránek (Director, Oriental Institute)

14:10 – 14:25 Remarks by Mr Michael Žantovský

14:25 – 15:15 Keynote speech by Prof Chen Fang-ming

15:15 – 15:45 Coffee break

15:45 – 16:15 Speech by Prof Chang Chia-ming

16:15 – 16:30 Remarks by Prof Olga Lomová

16:30 – 17:25 Roundtable discussion

17:25 – 17:30 Concluding remarks

The event will be held entirely in English. Czech interpreting is not provided.

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