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Chinese Martial Arts Cinema in the 21st Century: from Wong Fei-hung to Huang Fei-hong

( This manuscript is NOT a formally written paper and is NOT FOR CITATION in any form. )     The real Wong Fei-hung (WFH) was a celebrated martial artist, a physician, an herbalist, and a street performer. He belonged to the Hong Fist (洪拳) of the Southern Shaolin School (南少林) and was taught by his father, Wong Kei-ying (黃麒英). Wong Fei-hung’s legend was first popularized because of the serialized stories written by Zhu Yu-zhai in Hong Kong and published in newspapers in the 40s. In 1949, the first WFH film, True Story of Wong Fei-hung, (Huang feihong zhuan) was made, with 2 installments. This film ushered in a new era of martial arts films, and the directors trademarked it with Cantonese opera actor Kwan Tak-hing (關德興). These two films started the longest running series in world cinema. In my count, there are at least 107 films made featuring WFH from 1949 to 1997. And it is officially confirmed that Kwan Tak-hing appeared invariably as WFH in 77 films.      This specifically Cantonese series proclaimed to be kung fu, in the sense that it departed from a previous fantasy subgenre of martial arts, shenguai wuxia (神怪武俠). It rejected the

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A Rich and Fulfilling Fulbright Experience in Taiwan, China and Hong Kong

    This paper contains reflections on my stay in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and China as a Fulbright Senior Scholar from May to July 2015.   Research-Wide Reflections      Because the Fulbright Scholar Award is prestigious in supporting activities and projects that promote educational exchange and international understanding, I have been able to identify and collect data and collaborate with researchers and business managers in Taiwan, China, and Hong Kong. Since my research topic focuses on mergers and acquisitions among companies in these three places, researchers and data in this area are scattered in multiple disciplines (e.g., business/management, political science, and sociology). It is challenging to conduct research in three different locations within three months, however, it is also extremely worthwhile to exchange ideas with people who are doing similar research or who are conducting business with real experience.      During my stay, I gave guest lectures to graduate students (approximately 60 students and 10 faculty members) where I shared my prior and ongoing research projects. I was also able to serve as a discussant and presenter giving an oral presentation in one international conference (Asia Academy of Management). Several comments and insights that people shared with me

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My Fulbright Year in the Oregon State University

     First of all, I would like to express my gratitude and appreciation to the Fulbright Program for offering me the generous research grant to conduct a joint research program with Professor Jimmy Yang at Oregon State University (OSU). Not only did this unique opportunity advance my professional knowledge and research skills, it also allowed me to experience U.S. life and culture in a deeper way. This article briefly describes my research as well as cultural experiences during my stay as a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at OSU.     Research Experience      Prof. Yang joined the Oregon State University faculty in 2003 and established a good reputation by publishing research papers in mainstream finance journals. Prof. Yang comes from Taiwan and keeps a close connection with Taiwanese scholars in the finance field. I came to know Prof. Yang when he attended a conference held by my department at National Taiwan University. At that time, I proposed to work with him to implement a research project at OSU in the hope of further improving my expertise, knowledge, and research skills. Prof. Yang not only agreed with my proposal, but also encouraged me to do so. I kept this in

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Fulbright Reflections: Forging New Connections in Taiwan

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. During the course of my Fulbright fellowship, I have met hundreds of people from all walks of life, including Taiwanese faculty, students, museum curators, and many, many others. Part of the reason Fulbright is such a wonderful program is that an explicit part of your work here is the opportunity to truly connect with people here, both in a professional and personal capacity. Fulbright opens many doors that would otherwise be closed to you as a visitor or company employee here; so make the best use of this opportunity as possible for your sake, the sake of your Taiwanese colleagues, and the relationship between the USA and Taiwan! Unlike most other grantees, I specialize in bioengineering for making biofuels, biochemicals,

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

           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 the salmon by creating reproductive isolation, by reducing the number of accessible large boulders to provide refuge during typhoons, and by preventing salmon from returning upstream after being flushed downstream during typhoons. In addition, the sand and gravel that accumulate due to dam construction can damage salmon eggs. Typhoons, occurring primarily in spring and summer months, are a key factor in salmon population dynamics, and the salmon have adapted to seasonal typhoons in their natural habitat. However, dams have altered their natural habitat, limiting the salmon’s ability to survive typhoons. The salmon abundance began to decline in the 1960s, reaching as low as 200 individuals by 1984. The abundance has increased to over 1,200 in recent years, but the salmon have

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Taiwan’s Themes

     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 offer many options.         The themes don’t stop here—the busiest MRT stations in Taipei all have their own art installations, galleries, or murals designed by different artists. Even different cities in Taiwan have their own local specialty, whether it is a specific dish like oyster pancakes or the regional dessert for which that region has been made famous (such as the cow tongue cookies in Yilan or the many peanut candies of Jinmen). Taiwan is a collage of different areas, districts, shops, restaurants, and historical sites that have developed unique defining characteristics and distinct identities.          There is a ubiquitous theme—found all over the island—that is quickly gaining momentum and manifesting itself in new ways.

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Debory Yi Li: The Evolution of Taiwanese Identity

USC graduate Debory Li came to Taiwan for an independent documentary project on Taiwanese identity. She spent ten months working at the Taiwan Public Television Service Foundation as an intern and on her project. Debory found wealth of experiences and a depth of understanding that coincided with the vision of Fulbright Taiwan, “a world with a little more knowledge and a little less conflict.” 李柏儀:台灣人身分認同的演進     美國南加州大學畢業生李柏儀於2011-2012年獲得傅爾布萊特獎助到臺灣進行獨立紀錄片拍攝,主題是“台灣人身分認同的演進”。經過十個月於公共電視實習與拍攝計畫,她十分推崇台灣傅爾布萊特計畫給她的協助。

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Eugene “John” Gregory: The Militarization of Law in Eighteenth Century Qing China (1644-1912):the Case of Deserting Soldiers

  Over the course of the eighteenth century in Qing China, increasing categories of criminal cases began to be processed within a militarized judicial track emphasizing speed, simplicity, and finality. This represented a significant structural change to China’s judicial system and is well illustrated by criminal desertion cases.     John Gregory, Ph.D. Candidate, Chinese history, Georgetown University. John graduated from West Point in 1995 and has a JD degree from the University of Florida (2001). He served as a judge advocate in the US Army from 2001-2011 with two tours in Iraq. He is married to Mrs. Yali Gregory, and they have five children. Beginning this summer, he will serve as an Academy Professor at West Point. 十八世紀中國清朝(1644年至1912年)的法律軍事化:以逃兵為例     十八世紀的清代中國,越來越多種類的刑事案件開始採用一個軍事化的審判制度來處理,強調迅速、簡明、決斷。因此透過刑事案件可以發現中國的司法審判制度呈現了一個顯著的結構性改變。     葛約翰是美國喬治城大學晚期帝制中國史研究所的博士候選人。他於1995年畢業於美國西點軍校,並於2001年獲得佛羅里達大學法學博士學位。在2001年至2011年期間,其擔任美國陸軍的軍事法官且任內有兩次調派至伊拉克。他和邱雅莉女士結婚有五個小孩。今年夏天開始,他將任教於美國西點軍校。

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Daniel Indro: The Next Asian Tigers? Economy in ASEAN

  Fulbright Senior Scholar Dr. Indro shared his pedagogical activities that encourage students to analyze business opportunities and risks in the ASEAN countries from a Taiwanese company’s perspective.    Dr. Daniel C. Indro is an Associate Professor of Finance at Penn State University’s Great Valley School of Graduate Professional Studies. He received his MBA and Ph.D. in Finance from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University in Bloomington. His undergraduate degree is from Widya Mandala Catholic University in Indonesia.       丹尼爾: 誰是亞洲之虎繼任者?談東協經濟情勢     丹尼爾博士分享他於東吳大學授課期間,如何鼓勵學生以台灣本土企業角度,分析東南亞國協會員國的潛在商機及風險。丹尼爾博士現為美國賓夕法尼亞州立大學大峽谷分校經濟學系副教授。他為美國印第安納大學商學博士及商學碩士,並於印尼韋迪亞曼達拉大學取得學士學位。  

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Rodney Winther: Conducting My Way Through Taiwan (Music… not Trains!)

    Professor Rodney Winther shared his conducting and teaching life at Shih Chien University, with the Taiwan Wind Ensemble, and through musical outreach in this video. At Shih Chien, he conducts the University Orchestra, the University Wind Ensemble and teaches graduate conducting. Professor Winther is retired from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, where he is Professor Emeritus of Music. He is a Fulbright Senior Scholar during 2013-2014 in Taiwan. 音樂列車長:指揮家在台灣的音樂旅程      溫瑟爾教授目前以傅爾布萊特資深學者的身分在實踐大學擔任客座教授。同時也為實踐大學音樂系管樂團的客座指揮家,並指導此校之管樂指揮碩士班。溫教授甫退休於美國辛辛那提音樂學院,為該系的榮譽教授。本次演講著重於溫瑟爾教授於實踐大學、台灣管樂團及各地巡迴演出的指揮經驗。

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