Event Introduction

The very recent 2016 general election in Taiwan made history in significant ways. Not only did Taiwan voters elect the first female president, Tsai Ing-wen of the opposition party Democratic Progressive Party (DPP), but for the first time the DPP captured a solid majority of seats in the national Legislative Yuan, thereby giving control of both the executive and legislative branches of government to this pro-independence party. In contrast, the outgoing KMT was dealt a major setback, losing the presidency and capturing less than one-third of seats in the Yuan. The forthcoming University of Texas at Dallas symposium will focus on this historic election outcome and new civic engagement movements in Taiwan's young democracy. It will be held in the School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences at the University of Texas at Dallas on March 25th, 2016. The symposium will conduct dialogues among leading scholars, students and interested members of the Dallas-area community that analyze the election outcome and consider the prospects for continued development of Taiwan's youthful democracy. Special attention will be given to the evolution of relations between Taiwan and China in the aftermath of the 2016 election outcome.