Karissa Chen: The Hundred-Mile Ditch, A novel

Wednesday, 30 November 2016 09:22
Karissa Chen's reflects on several months of novel research on the stories of post-1949 migrants to Taiwan and related history.   Karissa Chen is the author of "Of Birds and Lovers." Her work has been published in numerous publications, including PEN America, Gulf Coast, Guernica, and The Toast. She is the Senior Literature Editor at Hyphen magazine, and a co-founding…
       This year, in addition to teaching American philosophy in Taiwan, I have been researching John Dewey’s visit to China from 1919-1921.  The facts surrounding Dewey’s visit are fairly well known.  Dewey arrived in China at the height of the May Fourth Movement.  His former students invited him to tour and to give lectures throughout the country, and…
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Teaching Dewey in Taiwan

Friday, 11 September 2015 12:17
       In the fall semester of 2014, I taught a seminar on American philosophy to graduate students in the Philosophy department at National Taiwan University.  The main focus of the course was on the work of John Dewey, an American philosopher who, along with his wife Alice, spent over two years in China (1919-1921).  The timing of their…
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    Fulbright Senior Scholar Dr. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. // discusses how the impressive Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall in central Taipei has defied the original intentions of its creators to become a popular lightning rod of democratic activity.       Dr. Charles Musgrove is Associate Professor of…
       An open and well-equipped Chinese study environment has been one of Taiwan's important cultural assets. The complete collection of rare books in the Center for Chinese Studies in National Central Library is the reason for Dr. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. // to come all the way…
       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.…
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       As a PhD candidate in late imperial Chinese history, already four months into a ten-month Fulbright grant period in Taiwan, I have two goals for this brief essay. First, I want to set forth the reasons why Fulbright Taiwan has provided an ideal environment for my research. Second, I want to suggest that Taiwan is an excellent…
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On the Road with Xuanzang

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…
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       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…
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       Historian This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. // aims to answer a big question about world development: "Why, given all of its advances, did China not arrive at the industrial revolution or modern economy and capitalism? Why did those originate in Europe?" In order to answer this question,…