Public Talk by Prof. Lin Rui-hua on Monday, Oct. 30

Posted on Oct, 24 2017

Prof. Lin Rui-hua 林瑞華 from the School of Public Economics and Administration at Shanghai University of Finance and Economics will visit the ERCCT from Oct. 28 to Nov. 1. On Monday, Oct. 30, Prof. Lin will give a public lecture to speak on

Reunion with the Old Folks: The Intergroup Contact between Taiwanese and Chinese in Mainland China 

at 6:15 p.m. at the lecture hall, room no. 0.01, at Keplerstraße 2, 72074 Tübingen.

Here is an abstract of the lecture: 

Most studies of cross-Strait relations tend to stress macro-level issues like economic interdependence, instead of micro-level dimensions, say, impacts of people-to-people contacts on their attitudinal changes. Yet it is important to focus on these micro-level, gradual changes when political dialogue between the two governments is not available. In light of the intergroup contact model, this study analyzes the role of people-to-people contacts in attitude change and bias reduction. Based on survey data of the Taiwanese settled on the mainland for more than six months, we find that intergroup contacts do matter but their effectiveness is significantly constrained by prior categorization of “we-group” vs. “they-group.” In other words, the so-called contact hypothesis applies only to those Taiwanese who do not hold strong stereotypes against the local people in Mainland China.