The initiative and leadership for this edited volume came from the European Institute for Asian Studies (EIAS) based in Brussels. The book discusses questions related to the different European perspectives on Taiwan in various fields, asking, in particular: How has the European Union dealt with the unsolved status of the Republic of China on Taiwan? In which ways has Europe been seen as a model for Taiwan's transformation, and, does the example of the EU offer any lessons for cross-Strait integration? Furthermore, the authors, well-kwn specialists drawn from disciplines, such as, ecomics, political science, international law, history, and cultural studies, are equally interested in Taiwan's perspectives on Europe and in the historical relationship between Taiwan and Europe.
Jens Damm is currently an Assistant Professor at Chang Jung Christian University, Tainan, on leave from Freie Universitat Berlin. His research interests are gender and ethnicity related issues in Taiwan, Greater China including the PRC, and the impact of new communication technologies. Paul Lim is currently Professor at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia and Head of the Centre for European Studies at the Institute for Occidental Studies. His research is mainly focused on the External Relations of the European Union, with Asia, in particular, in all its different facets.