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…
Published in Public Policy
    “Where are you from?” is a question almost every Asian American has grown up hearing (in addition to its ruder close cousin — “What are you?”).    I've bristled at that question, swinging from being patient and polite — “You mean where are my parents from?”— to snarky — “New Jersey.” It's a question that rankles because it…
Published in Cultural Insights

My Reflections

Tuesday, 03 March 2015 12:22
      Taiwan is a welcoming, multicultural environment offering wonderful opportunities to international scholars. I have known Taiwan for 30 years, having first come at age 28 to teach English for a summer at the Tainan YMCA, and returning a year later for Chinese language study at the Stanford Center at National Taiwan University.  After earning my PhD in East…
Published in Life & Reflections