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For What Can We Hope? Concrete Houses and Hopeful Indigeneity in 'Amis Country

Written by Donald Hatfield 施永德 Thursday, 21 January 2016 14:10
Where is This Stairway Going?        Nearby my residence in 'Atolan, a Taiwanese Indigenous Communityon Taiwan's East Coast, there is a simple, flat-roofed house. The house, constructed of steel bar reinforced concrete, resembles nearly any other solafo, or concrete slab, house you might see around this town, which perches on a cliff above the Pacific Ocean. Sand for mixing the concrete likely came from a stream mouth not too far north of here, and the house required no…

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.…

Modeling the impact of dam removal on conservation of the Formosan landlocked salmon

Written by Laurie Battle 仈羅利 Wednesday, 20 January 2016 17:27
            The Chichiawan Stream and its tributaries in central Taiwan are the last refuge of the critically endangered Formosan landlocked salmon Oncorhynchus formosanus.  Over the past few decades, 11 check dams have been constructed in these streams to reduce sediment transport and to prevent the collapse of riverbanks. However, these dams are thought to be a primary factor in the habitat degradation that has led to a decline in salmon abundance. The dams have impacted…

Taiwan's Themes

Written by Teagan Adamson 艾婷安 Wednesday, 20 January 2016 16:48
     There is a theme of themes in Taiwan. Shopping areas are organized by theme, and restaurants are known by their brand. You can find numerous electronics shops and a five-story building dedicated to computers, cameras, cell phones, videogames, and their respective accessories on Bade Road. For everything related to cameras, Boai Road has been the popular location for over forty years. But if you’re looking for a professional photographer instead, then the streets around Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Hall…

Santa on Small Kinmen

Written by Ross Busch 比儒實 Friday, 15 January 2016 11:52
      On December 25th, I celebrated Christmas without my family for the first time. I felt a little uncomfortable, and a little homesick. I’m teaching English on a smaller island off the small island of Kinmen in Taiwan. Never before had I been asked to work during the holidays, and I wasn’t quite sure how I was going to manage both my responsibilities to plan Christmas events for my students and to celebrate with my family.     …

Afternoon at The Getty

Written by Yann-Ru Ho 何彥如 Friday, 11 September 2015 14:17
       It was a sunny afternoon when I visited the Getty Museum in Los Angeles. I took a bus to the foot of the hill where it is situated, and then I lined up for the tram to take me up the hill. The Getty is a museum that was transformed into a public gallery; before, it was part of a private collection of Mr. J. Paul Getty.      The tram that took me uphill was very…
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