Dominic Ng 吳建民, chairman and chief executive officer of East West Bank 華美銀行 and a USC trustee, shares his views.
Lee, "Indigenization with mobilization: Taiwan's developmental experience," 1987
Bo-Ywe Lee, Ph.D
The significance of this dissertation is based on its building up linkages between the Western concepts and the Chinese ideas of development, thus making Taiwan's development understandable in the Western context.
The dissertation starts with a brief historical background of the Republic of China on Taiwan. Then the Western ideas of development are examined in terms of their relevance to the development of the developing nations. Economic, social, and political development are three key dimensions under discussion. On each dimension, the crucial elements are identified to provide a conceptual foundation against which the development of the ROC can be analyzed. Moreover, in the context of development, four interrelated subjects, including political economy, basic needs approach, participation, and indigenization with mobilization, are discussed because they are relevant to Taiwan's development strategies in the last forty years.
On the side of Chinese ideologies concerning development, Confucianism and Dr. Sun's Three Principles of the People are the foci of research. The Confucian philosophy regarding the World of Ta-Tung, economic development, social evolution, and political democracy is explored. Dr. Sun's Principles of Nationalism, Democracy, and People's Livelihood are also presented in order. Moreover, contrasts between the Western ideas and Chinese Ideologies of development have been made to highlight their differences and similarities.
A thorough review of the ROC's development constitutes the main theme of the remaining part of this dissertation. On the economic dimension, attention is given to the economic policies and achievements of the ROC in attaining economic growth, economic equity, economic stability, and full employment. On the social dimension, the ROC's accomplishments and setbacks in promoting social capacity, improving social structure, and ameliorating social conditions are analyzed. On the political dimension, Taiwan's experience and problems are examined in the contexts of political stability, legitimacy, participation, differentiation, institutionalization, policy making, adaptability, and flexibility. Finally, alternatives are suggested to facilitate the future development of the ROC.
Because the 19th Congress of the Chinese Communist Party is scheduled for the same week as our “Finding Solutions” conference, a number of China-based participants were forced to withdraw from the conference. We have postponed “Finding Solutions” until April 6, 2018. The focus of the event is still on the work of individuals, companies, and NGOs to address some of China’s pressing challenges. We apologize for any inconvenience this postponement causes. We hope you will be able to join this important discussion on April 6.
The USC U.S.-China Institute presents a talk by Michael Meyer, whose last book in his China trilogy tells a story both deeply personal and universal as he captures what it feels like to learn a language, culture and history from the ground up.
Please join the USC U.S.-China Institute for a presentation by Wei Yen (厳序纬), author and veteran businessman, to examine Chinese outbound investment and how American businesses can take advantage of China’s rise to forge win-win partnerships.