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Reflections: Track in Taipei

Written by Taili Ni 倪泰麗 Tuesday, 11 September 2018 15:05
     My Fulbright experience in Taiwan has allowed me to pursue a master’s degree in International Studies and explore different facets of student life in Taipei. One of the ways I have involved myself in the campus community at National Chengchi University has been by joining the track team. Running was a critical part of my undergraduate experience in the U.S.; after seven years of track and cross-country throughout high school and college, I was not ready to give…

Reflections of a Southern Girl on her First Trip to Taiwan

Written by Anna Dunaway Tuesday, 11 September 2018 14:42
     Reflecting on our two-week journey to learn more about the rich history of Taiwan, I am thankful to be a part of the first International Educators Administrators (IEA) program for Fulbright Taiwan. I hope to give back by taking what I have gained and building upon it: I want more people to learn about the Fulbright Taiwan vision: “a world with a little more knowledge, and a little less conflict.”  I am a “Southern” girl. I was born…
     Every morning when I woke up in my apartment on the campus of National Tsinghua University in Hsinchu, I was greeted by the sound of singing birds. I lived in a faculty residence inside the lush NTHU campus with its rivers, lakes and rolling hills, sheltered from Hsinchu’s urban bustle and noise. I got around the campus and nearby shops in Hsinchu on a bicycle that a faculty colleague lent to me. Temporarily disencumbered of my family, my…

Air Quality in Taiwan

Written by Linsey Chen Marr 陳蓮式 Tuesday, 04 September 2018 13:16
     I’m a Senior Scholar and visiting researcher who studies air pollution in the College of Public Health at National Taiwan University. My primary appointment is Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech, where my research group applies quantitative methods to track the emissions, transformations, and fate of gases and particles in indoor and outdoor air. When people find out what I study, they often exclaim, “The air pollution is so bad in Taipei!” While vehicle exhaust…

Our Flags 我們兩國的旗幟

Written by Rachel Higson (Poet), Emily Dillemuth (Translator) Wednesday, 29 August 2018 11:32
It is a waste of time to fear 不要浪費時間擔心 the taste of pomelo, 柚子的味道, the song of a cicada, 蟬的歌, the guitar’s hum, fear difference, 吉他的哼聲,擔心差異, the height of the rock climbing wall, 攀岩牆的高度, salty air by the coast, 海邊的鹹空氣, fear the sandy crunch of a homegrown pear, 擔心家鄉梨沙沙的口感。 waking up to the sunrise of a purple dream. 醒來就看一個紫夢的日出。   We’ve only smelled the skin of the mango, 我們只聞到了芒果皮, felt the shell of the oyster, 摸到了牡蠣的外殼, but we’re ready to…

Bringing a Piece of Kentucky to the Taiwanese Classroom

Written by Alexandra Hezik 賀琳 Wednesday, 22 August 2018 11:10
     For the 2017-18 academic year, my alma mater, Western Kentucky University (WKU), hosted a Taiwanese Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) to help tutor students currently studying Mandarin Chinese in the university’s Chinese Flagship Program. As a recent graduate of that program, I thought it was an interesting coincidence that the two of us essentially switched places—she went to WKU and I came to Taipei. The FLTA was named Pia Lin. She also happened to be the co-founder of…
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