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Date of Award

Spring 2013

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts


International Studies, Studio Arts

First Advisor

Yipeng Shen

Second Advisor

Joseph Byrne


My Senior Thesis revolves around the modern-day discourse between globalization and culture in Taipei, the capital city of Taiwan. To explore how globalization is perceived in Taipei I focus on two case studies, the Taipei 101 tower and the city's Night Markets, and refer to personal interviews with Taipei locals and foreigners. This paper addresses the cultural tensions between globalization and traditional Taiwanese histories, while providing examples of how globalization is reinterpreted as a part of Taipei's evolving local culture.


This Senior Exercise was completed in conjunction with my Studio Arts senior thesis project. My Studio Arts project is an animated film that compares Taipei City's urban movement and cultures with New York City's. While the content of this film does not specifically focus on Taipei and globalization, the visual motifs found in the animation demonstrate elements of Taipei's increasingly globalized culture.

Senior thesis completed at Trinity College for the degree of Bachelor of Arts in International Studies. Access is restricted to the campus community.

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