Reflections on the Fulbright Taiwan Experience

Written by Sandy Soohoo-Refaei Wednesday, 29 November 2017 14:53
       It is with great anticipation and excitement that I embark on this new journey of exploration, discovery and learning through the Fulbright Taiwan program. I deeply appreciate the thorough preparations and full support from the dedicated staff of the Foundation for Scholarly Exchange (Fulbright Taiwan); I felt well taken care of from as early as the pre-departure stage.      My first Fulbright experience was in Japan fifteen years ago. It was an amazing experience both culturally and educationally. Since then, I’ve had many opportunities to participate in educational visits almost annually in countries such as Spain,…

Cultural Empowerment for Atayal Students

Written by Christine Yeh 葉晶 Wednesday, 27 March 2013 14:38
       Dr. Christine Yeh developed a cultural empowerment program in a 99% indigenous Atayal community in Yilan. In this video, she describes how she worked with the community and the teachers of the school to create a curriculum. In her educational program, which she describes as a "sustainable intervention", she emphasizes ethnic identity and educational opportunities for students. Dr. Yeh worked closely with Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA), Mikael Owunna, and a local English teacher, Jennifer Huang. Results from the program and pieces of student work will be displayed in a 2014 exhibition in the National Taiwan Museum.…

Teaching Philosophy in Taiwan

Written by Brian Bruya 柏嘯虎 Monday, 29 April 2013 16:20
       I am writing this while on a teaching Fulbright in the Department of Philosophy at National Taiwan University (NTU) in Taipei, during the 2012-2013 school-year. My duties are to teach one graduate class each semester. The first course was American Pragmatism and the second course Comparative Moral Psychology. In this essay, I will discuss how the content in these courses has been modified from similar courses I have taught in the States and what has happened as a result.          There are two basic things that distinguish my Taiwan students from my previous American…

Contemporary Aboriginal. The Mixing.

Written by Terry O'Reilly 易光海 Wednesday, 26 August 2015 15:08
    For my Fulbright grant I chose a topic of immense richness: the aboriginal peoples of Taiwan. What I found exceeded my every expectation.  I have experienced countless encounters and exchanges, celebrated the sacred rites and important dates of the harvest and hunting calendars of the Pangcah (also known as Amis), the Paiwan, the Atayal and Saisiyat peoples.  My Fulbright grant became a mixture of scholarship and art.       To begin at the beginning: I became aware of the cultural and artistic vitality of Taiwan during a short visit in 2005; and at that time I also began…

Late-Imperial Bibliographic Studies and Digital Quantitative Analysis

Written by Paul Vierthaler 李友仁 Friday, 05 September 2014 11:15
       Modern scholars of late-Imperial Chinese literature benefit from collected texts printed during the Ming and Qing dynasties that are supplemented with bibliographic information on both extant and non-extant books. Cataloging old texts was traditionally an important part of late-Imperial Chinese scholarship. Scholars closely researched important works by exploring their textual histories, identifying forgeries, and tracing their provenance. Some of this information was eventually preserved in large annotated indexes.        Publishing houses also printed compilations of popular texts and sometimes reprinted entire libraries. Though some were commercial products, other endeavors aimed to preserve (particularly those sponsored…

Preliminary Reflections on the CKS Memorial Hall

Written by Charles Musgrove 莫林 Sunday, 13 April 2014 14:43
       The Fulbright Taiwan program is generously sponsoring my year of sabbatical research here in Taipei, where I am investigating the relationships between public spaces and the emergence of democracy.  I am interested in how Nationalist era symbols and rituals have been used on Taiwan from 1945 to the early 2000’s. Over this period, the Nationalist Party (the Kuomintang, or KMT) at first tried to use symbols and ceremonies developed on the mainland to turn former Japanese colonial subjects into dutiful Chinese citizens loyal to the party’s “revolutionary” leadership. From the outset there was tension and violence between…

Of Fishing Boats and Comfort Boats: Playing with Gender Ideology in A'tolan a Niyaro

Written by Donald Hatfield 施永德 Tuesday, 20 January 2015 17:08
      "If they won't go on the boats, then we'll just go fishing, go far oceaning, ourselves!" says the wife of a member of my age set (kapot) at an informal gathering that she has organized to cheer up one of her "classmates," also married to our kapot. Composed of men born within five years of each other, kapot are the primary social organization in 'Amis (Pangcah) communities on Taiwan's East Coast. Kapot have mutual responsibilities as well as a particular place in the workings of the community, which is determined by their age relative to other age sets.     My kapot is named LaKancin.…

Children’s Literature Ambassadors: Advocates of the 1960s: Munro Leaf and Helen R. Sattley

Written by Andrea Mei-Ying Wu 吳玫瑛 Monday, 02 February 2015 16:45
        This research period, so far, has been a fruitful one, thanks to the generous support of the Fulbright Taiwan Foundation for Scholarly Exchange. My current research project was launched when my curiosity was triggered by an unpremeditated encounter, as I was reading a historical sketch of the development of children’s literature in Taiwan, with two legendary figures who appear to be the earliest, or first, “ambassadors of children’s literature” from the United States and who introduced new concepts and visions of literature for children and young adults to Taiwanese audiences in the 1960s. This is the…

On the Road with Xuanzang

Written by Benjamin Brose 本博澤 Sunday, 13 April 2014 16:36
       The story I want to tell has a clear beginning but no clear end. It starts like this: On December 23, 1942,Takamori Takasuke, the commanding officer of Japanese soldiers stationed in Nanjing, was overseeing the construction of an Inari Shinto shrine just outside of the city’s southern gate. While excavating the shrine’s foundation, his men discovered the crypt of an old Buddhist pagoda. Inside a stone sarcophagus they found two nested boxes, the outer of bronze, the inner of silver. The inner box contained one small gold Buddha statue, several bronze and ceramic implements, hundreds of coins,…

A Midyear Reflection on the State of my Research

Written by Lance Crisler 柯則已 Friday, 20 March 2015 19:10
           I do a lot of reading; it’s part of my job description as a graduate student. I read all types of works: newspaper articles, opinion pieces, scientific data, political diatribe, etc. I also read quite a bit of Chinese literature and modern scholarship on such works. Recently, it occurred to me that I have lost, to some degree at least, my love of reading for pleasure, especially reading works of fiction. I tend to get lost in critical works, the argumentative polemics and rhetorical strategies of academic work published in scholarly periodicals, but I realized…