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American Literature & Creative Writing in Taiwan

Written by Robert Davidson戴維特 Wednesday, 19 April 2017 16:33
  Introduction I had the pleasure to serve as a Visiting Professor in the Foreign Languages and Literature Department at Tunghai University in Taichung, Taiwan, 2015-2016. I taught undergraduate and graduate classes in creative writing and American literature, with a special focus on Asian American literature.  My teaching in fall 2015 was rewarding, but also challenging. I did not keep a formal teaching log that term. In the hopes of becoming an increasingly effective classroom teacher, I committed to keeping…

Creating Structured Data for Online Bios

Written by Marcia Lei Zeng曾蕾 Wednesday, 19 April 2017 16:28
  Introduction       The study aims to define an effective method and framework for describing online biographical sketches using structured data, or, in a broad sense, “metadata” – the structured, encoded data that describe characteristics of information-bearing entities. Using artists as an example, the most widely seen structured data can be found in two primary spots on the web: (1) the “knowledge graph” provided by search engines when one searches for an artist, and (2) the “info-box” which…

Teaching in a Buddhist Pure Land: A Fulbright scholar on Dharma Drum Mountain

Written by Barbara Reed李柏嵐 Wednesday, 19 April 2017 13:51
For one semester, I taught and conducted research in a Buddhist Pure Land! I spent the 2016 fall semester on Dharma Drum Mountain, a green mountainous Buddhist community located in Jinshan District, north of Taipei. This Buddhist community includes the Dharma Drum Institute of Liberal Arts, where I taught a graduate seminar on Comparative Religious Texts. The Dharma Drum Mountain is also home to a 4-year Sangha University to train Buddhist monks and nuns as well as the international headquarters…

Research on Childhood Obesity among Preschool-age Children in Taiwan

Written by Jyu-Lin Chen 陳姿利 Monday, 05 December 2016 14:35
        I was very fortunate to have the opportunity to be a senior research scholar working on a cross-strait research project in Taiwan and Mainland China. The World Health Organization (WHO) has designated childhood obesity as a global epidemic and a major public health issue. Overweight is defined as a body mass index (BMI) at or above the 85th percentile and below the 95th percentile for children and teens of the same age and sex. Obesity is defined as a BMI…

Research and Reflections from Hualien County

Written by Stephen Pan 潘長浩 Thursday, 01 December 2016 13:01
       When I visited Taiwan in the summer of 2002, there were no direct flights between the island and mainland China, Freedom Square was still called Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Square, and the now diminutive Mitsukoshi tower was still the tallest building in Taipei. In my suitcase was a Sony Discman with electronic skip protection, along with about ten pounds of CDs with timeless hits like “Gonna make you sweat” by C+C music factory.        Though I…

China's Elusive Nationhood: Ethnic, Cultural, and Civic Dimensions

Written by Daniel Glockler 葛樂德 Thursday, 01 December 2016 11:25
        Despite the ahistorical claims of those who misread “nationhood” into the millennia of history in present day Greater China, a “Chinese Nation” is a fairly recent concept.  As a political ideal, its roots are found in the writings of late Qing dynasty anti-Manchu and anti-imperialist intellectuals and revolutionaries.  As a “reality,” it is no older than the 20th century, and a persuasive argument has been made that national consciousness reached much of China only in the…
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