The Meaning of John Dewey’s Trip to China, 1919-1921

Written by James Behuniak 江文思 Friday, 11 September 2015 13:18
       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 there are detailed records of his itinerary and the content of his talks.  I have focused primarily on how this…

Teaching Dewey in Taiwan

Written by James Behuniak 江文思 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 stay could not have been more momentous.  They arrived in China on May 1, 1919, three days before the student…

Feeble Men and Double Bodies: Du Shiniang at the Metropolitan Hall Theater

Written by Joshua Stenberg 石峻山 Wednesday, 26 August 2015 16:25
       What is it about the feebleness of men in traditional Chinese theater? The emperor stands by, saying nothing and looking apologetic, while his councilors suggest that it would probably be for the best if his beloved concubine were to kill herself. The scholar Xu Xian stumbles over himself, trying to escape from his loving wife, White Snake, whom he has betrayed to a monk. Once she arrives, mournful and angry, he bad-mouths the monk and re-pledges his…

Top Five Highlights of a Year in Taiwan

Written by Kirsten Asdal 艾永勤 Wednesday, 26 August 2015 16:04
    Top ten lists are everywhere these days. As readership moves online, and as viewership becomes more dependent on a catchy title to encourage a curious click, writers have become adept at condensing regular material into this appealing format.       One of my favorites this year was a Foreign Policy piece by Stephen Walt entitled “How to Get a B.A. in International Relations in 5 minutes.” In a few paragraphs that take no more than five minutes…

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…

Reflections on Research and Teaching English at National Taiwan Normal University

Written by Marilyn Rahilly 雷瑪麗 Wednesday, 26 August 2015 14:17
       It has been nearly 11 months since I started teaching an advanced English writing course at National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU) in Taipei as a part of my duties as a  Fulbright senior scholar in Taiwan.  After a brief introduction to some of my NTNU English department colleagues at a lovely luncheon shortly after my arrival in August 2014, I began preparing for the advanced writing class that I had been assigned.  I ordered textbooks, developed a…

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