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…
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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…
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Dr. James Behuniak reflected on teaching Philosophies in a comparative context, and shared some insights about living in Taiwan.  Dr. James Behuniak is Associate Professor of Philosophy at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. His areas of research are American Philosophy and pre-Qin Chinese philosophy. Currently, he is Senior Fulbright Scholar teaching in the Philosophy department at National Taiwan University.  

Santa on Small Kinmen

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…
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      I have been teaching ESL for many years, both in the United States and in several foreign countries. My students hail from a variety of ethnic, linguistic, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Over the years, I have taught a wide spectrum of English classes, including speaking, listening, study skills, reading, literature, and composition. When I was informed that I…
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Teaching Dewey in Taiwan

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…
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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…
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      This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. // is an associate professor in the Department of Creative Writing at the University of North Carolina Wilmington. He is the author of two novels, All the Money in the World and All Will Be Revealed. His awards include O. Henry and…

A Dynamic Dialogue

Friday, 16 May 2014 00:00
      What is the best way to connect with the local people and kids? Six Fulbright English Teaching Assistants (ETAs) Leah Apple, Elizabeth Matthews, Catherine Purdy, Christina Adelakun, Karissa Moy, and Nia Spooner found DANCING is the answer. Through this novel project "Kinmen Flash Mob,"they built a strong bond with their students and co-teachers on this small island,…

Finding a Home

Friday, 05 September 2014 11:24
       “Where is home?”  For most people, this is a very straightforward question. But for me, it’s a little more complicated. Although I was born in the United States, I spent most of my life living in Asia, including Singapore, Hong Kong and Beijing. I have grappled with the concept of “home” for as many years as I…
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