Fulbright Reflections: Forging New Connections in Taiwan

Written by James Winkler 商詹姆斯 Wednesday, 20 January 2016 17:59
In many ways, Taiwan is very familiar to me: I have traveled through most of its cities, have many Taiwanese friends, and have worked here previously as a visiting researcher. I enjoy the sights, sounds, people, places, and most aspects of life here. Of course, there are everyday challenges: finding the best deals on cell phone plans, traveling to more remote areas without Chinese fluency, etc. Overall, however, my greatest challenge in utilizing my Fulbright grant concerns the research itself. During the course of my Fulbright fellowship, I have met hundreds of people from all walks of life, including Taiwanese…

Reflections on Palace Plays in the Digital Age

Written by Ariel Fox 樊艾睿 Thursday, 21 January 2016 14:28
     During the past academic year (2014-2015), I was a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of Chinese Literature and Philosophy at Academia Sinica. Academia Sinica is a tremendous place to do research—it is such a vibrant intellectual community, with near-constant talks, symposia, conferences, and exhibitions. I was particularly excited to make use of their extensive library collections, which contain many rare manuscripts that cannot be found elsewhere.      In the last couple months of my fellowship, I began preliminary research on a new project that emerged from my dissertation research. In my dissertation, I discuss the plays attributed…

My Fulbright Year in the Oregon State University

Written by Wen-I Chuang 莊文議 Thursday, 21 January 2016 16:13
     First of all, I would like to express my gratitude and appreciation to the Fulbright Program for offering me the generous research grant to conduct a joint research program with Professor Jimmy Yang at Oregon State University (OSU). Not only did this unique opportunity advance my professional knowledge and research skills, it also allowed me to experience U.S. life and culture in a deeper way. This article briefly describes my research as well as cultural experiences during my stay as a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at OSU.     Research Experience      Prof. Yang joined the Oregon State…

A Rich and Fulfilling Fulbright Experience in Taiwan, China and Hong Kong

Written by Monica Yang 楊雅淳 Friday, 22 April 2016 11:31
    This paper contains reflections on my stay in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and China as a Fulbright Senior Scholar from May to July 2015.   Research-Wide Reflections      Because the Fulbright Scholar Award is prestigious in supporting activities and projects that promote educational exchange and international understanding, I have been able to identify and collect data and collaborate with researchers and business managers in Taiwan, China, and Hong Kong. Since my research topic focuses on mergers and acquisitions among companies in these three places, researchers and data in this area are scattered in multiple disciplines (e.g., business/management, political…
    I am so lucky and grateful for the opportunity to conduct my Fulbright research in Taiwan. For most of my fellow grantees, Taiwan is a new place. But for me Taiwan is like home. Returning to Taiwan means returning to my cultural roots, for that’s where I was born. Although I have visited Taiwan several times since I left in 1983, this is the first time in 33 years that I was able to have Chinese New Year Eve dinner (nianye fan年夜飯 or  tuanyuan fan 團圓飯)with my family. This is also the first time I was able to…

The 3-minute visit: Understanding Doctor-Patient Relationships in Taiwan

Written by Evelyn Siu Friday, 04 November 2016 11:24
       I would first like to thank Fulbright Taiwan for giving me this opportunity to come to Taiwan and learn about its healthcare system. I would also like to thank my professor at Taipei Medical University, Professor Kun-Yang Chuang, for his unwavering and selfless support of both me and my project this past year. Finally, I would like to thank my family and friends for their continuous encouragement and love as I adjusted to a new country, culture, and language. I am truly thankful and happy that I chose to become a Fulbright Fellow this past year.   …

Starting the first law school clinic in Taiwan

Written by Lo Bing-Cheng 羅秉成 & Serge Martinez 瑪舍琦 Monday, 01 July 2013 00:00
       In the Spring 2013 semester, National Taiwan University College of Law offered an innovative new course called Law Clinic (in Chinese, the name of the course is 爭議處理與紛爭解決). In this class, law students had the opportunity to represent real clients in real cases under the close supervision of experienced attorneys as part of their law school experience.  Students in the Law Clinic represented dozens of clients in a wide variety of cases. They helped real clients with real problems involving consumer law, contract law, criminal law, family law, land use law, and other areas of law. Acting…

A Preliminary Research Note on International Teaching Partnerships

Written by Chiung-Yao "Carolyn" Ho 何瓊瑤 Tuesday, 30 June 2015 16:08
  Introduction     The Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) Program is a collaborative effort between the United States and host countries around the world.  Bringing together young U.S. citizens with experienced English teachers in the host country, it provides enriched English language instruction to students in elementary, junior high, and senior high schools.  In Taiwan, the ETA program was introduced in 2004 when a group of ETAs were sent to Yilan County to participate in a co-teaching program with local elementary school teachers.  Since then, several counties have begun to participate in the ETA program, including Kaohsiung, Kinmen, Taichung,…

Cross Cultural Collaboration: Lessons Learned

Written by Sarah DeMola 慕莎拉 & Hsing-Hui Winnie Winnie Chiu 邱馨慧 Friday, 05 September 2014 07:21
       The role of the Teacher of English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) advisor is multifaceted. When people ask what we do, we explain the job responsibilities as facilitating TEFL teaching workshops, observing classes and holding post observation conferences, responding to weekly English Teaching Assistant (ETA) reports, and conducting research. However, we discovered that the key to fulfill all of these duties is our ability to communicate with one another. Throughout the past five months of working together, we have found great value in facilitating discussions that lead to greater understanding of one another’s culture.       …

Sharing Diversity in the Taiwanese Classroom

Written by Mycal Ford 福麥可 Monday, 28 October 2013 18:05
     In slow-motion, I peer over my left shoulder to see the enthusiastic local English teacher (LET) that I am scheduled to teach with during the 2012-2013 academic year. She clenches her fists shouting, “加油, 加油” (good luck). All the while, a cacophony thrums through the elementary school hallways as the entire school gathers in the courtyard for the school assembly. In a matter of seconds, time returns to its accelerated pace, as the principal of the school invites me to the stage. He is introducing me to the one-thousand plus students. I am overwhelmed by the energy onstage;…