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Workplace student at NIAS

Ninna Frandsen Thorup will be a workplace student at NIAS until summer 2019

“I am a master student at the department of anthropology at University of Copenhagen. Last year I spend a semester in Taiwan to do fieldwork for my thesis. My master thesis concerns how leftist students in Taiwan pursue national independence. In particular I analyse how the students perform a particular national identity and how this identity relates to gender relations and generational circumstances. I look into how the students express their frustrations about living in a nation they hope one day to be independent under the name Taiwan and also how this frustration motivates them to engage with political issues. Further I am interested in how changes in the political landscape in Taiwan shape the students’ engagement with politics, and during my fieldwork I followed the local elections held in Taiwan."