Berkeley Taipei Forum

The Berkeley Taipei Forum organized by the UC Berkeley Institute of East Asian Studies brings together in conversation two pioneering and widely regarded UC Berkeley alumni with two esteemed UC Berkeley faculty. They will share their work, thoughts, and critical inquiry, in a wide-ranging discussion of ideas and achievements.

 Speakers’ Bios
Stan Lai received a Ph.D. in Dramatic Art, U.C. Berkeley in 1983.  Dr. Lai is one of the most influential playwrights and directors active in the U.S. and Asia. Dr. Lai’s works have drawn comparisons to the works of Tony Kushner, Robert Lepage, and Peter Brook. Dr. Lai’s plays (27 original works to date) have been performed throughout the Chinese world, and he is widely regarded as one of the most important voices in contemporary Chinese-language theatre.
Shannon Jackson is Professor in Theater Dance and Performance Studies, Professor in Rhetoric, and Director, Arts Research Center, UC Berkeley. She is the author of Lines of Activity: Performance, Historiography, and Hull-House Domesticity(Michigan), Professing Performance: Theatre in the Academy from Philology to Performativity (Cambridge University Press) and the forthcoming Social Works: The Infrastructural Politics of Performance. Most recently, Jackson was an Erasmus Mundus visiting professor at Maison des Sciences de l’Homme Nord in Paris and at the Université Libre de Bruxelles.
Kris Yao received a Master of Architecture from UC Berkeley in 1978. In 1985, Mr. Yao established Artech Architects in Taipei, Taiwan. In 1999, the London’s World Architecture Magazine recognized Artect Architects as the most impressive practice in Taipei, and Mr. Yao “at the forefront of the revolution” of the Taiwan architectural scene. In 2007, Mr. Yao was the first practicing architect in Taiwan to receive the "Taiwan National Award for Arts and Architecture", the highest honor in cultural and art disciplines in Taiwan.
Wen-hsin Yeh is Richard H. and Laurie C. Morrison Chair Professor in History, Walter and Elise Haas Chair in Asian Studies and Director, Institute of East Asian Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Her most recent book is Shanghai Splendor: Economic Sentiments and the Making of Modern China (2007). Her work has been supported by numerous prestigious extramural and UC awards, including an ACLS Senior Scholar Fellowship, a Freeman Foundation grant, a multi-year Chiang Ching-kuo Senior Scholar Research Fellowship, as well as the UC President's Humanities Research Fellowship, which she received twice.