Ho, Jing-Mao: Travel Grant - 2016-2017

College of Arts and Sciences
Project Title: 
Averaged Communities: Social Statistics and Nation-building in Taiwan, 1949-2016
Project Abstract: 
What is the relationship between statistical techniques and the Republic of China (ROC) government’s nation-building in Taiwan? To answer this question, I examine the reflexive interaction between statistics and politics in Taiwan from 1949 to 2016—during which time the ROC government transformed from an authoritarian regime to a full-fledged democracy. I hypothesize that while facilitating the state-building of the authoritarian ROC, social statistics in the democratic era only complicate the ROC’s nation-building project. To carry out this project, I will use the EAP Travel Grant to collect data in Taiwan from 08/2016 to 01/2017, including government documents and publications, census reports, and released surveys and opinion polls.