|Monday, April 2, 2018||4:00PM - 6:00PM||108N, North House, 1 Devonshire Place|
Global Taiwan Lecture Series
Since the 2008 subprime mortgage crisis, housing has been a topic of much debate. Rising inequality and high housing prices have been the core of urban crises around the world. Skyrocketing housing prices since 2005 led to a social housing movement in Taiwan. The concept of social housing, formerly unfamiliar to most, became a buzzword and quickly gained popularity. It has become an important campaign issue and started gradually transforming Taiwanese housing policies in 2010. Under public pressure, the central and local governments announced several future housing projects and enacted housing policy reforms. In the process of policy implementation, the concept of social housing was constantly under contestation and in need of clarification. The complex process of policy reform has exposed many structural problems within Taiwan’s housing system.
Yi-Ling Chen is the director of International Studies and an associate professor in the Department of Geography at the University of Wyoming. Her works are on city development, housing, gender, and urban movements in Taiwan. She recently expanded her research to compare East Asian cities, Amsterdam, and Denver in their implementations of social housing.
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