The presentation will be conducted in Chinese.
After going to Taiwan in 1949, Chiang Kai-shek continued to seek support from the United States. Nonetheless, he was unwilling to abandon his own autocratic power in accordance with constitutional provisions nor take the initiative to integrate into the global system established by the United States after World War II. With this context as background, in his later years, Hu Shi, who hoped to build Taiwan into an American-style "Free China", launched a series of constitutional games with Chiang Kai-shek to limit his power according to the laws.
This lecture will include three primary aspects: 1. the post-World War II global system; 2. Chiang Kai-shek's complex feelings of love and hate for the United States; 3. America as backdrop in Hu Shi and Chiang Kai-shek’s constitutional game.
* The contents of presentation represents only speaker’s opinions and research.
About Speaker: Zhang Yaojie is a Historical & Drama Research Fellow at the Chinese Academy of Arts. His research focuses on drama studies and the history of law and politics during the Republican period of China. His main works include: "Cao Yu: Drama Life", "Chinese Constitutionalism Movement History", "Gentlewomen of the Republic of China ", "Professors of Peking University and New Youth", "Murders In the Early Republic of China", and "The Major Cases that Changed the History of the Republic of China".
Mr. Zhang's new three-volume book "About Hu Shi – The People and Stories of Political and Academic Circles" has been published in Taiwan. This is a comprehensive academic biography full of vivid historical materials. The main contents of this lecture are all from this book.
Mr. Zhang also participated in the creation of dozens of long and short TV series, such as "Xiao Guan Family", "Mountains and Rivers Can Testify", and "The Light of Agricultural Electric Power".
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