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Month: July 2015

Identities, Past and the Present

For a long time, I have wanted to complete a manuscript contributing to understanding the complicated political and economic relationships between the Republic of China (ROC, or Taiwan), the People’s Republic of China (PRC or China), and the United States of America (USA). Part of the motivation is personal. While my parents and grandparents were born citizens of the ROC, currently headquartered in Taiwan, my daughter and I were born PRC citizens, and now we are both naturalized citizens of the United States. The other, larger part of my motivation comes from my academic training in both American and Chinese universities, and my enduring intellectual curiosity as a professor specializing in East Asian and Pacific Rim Studies at a private New England university about 90 minutes away from New York City. The journey to my time as a Fulbright Scholar in Taiwan started on the first day of my graduate studies at the University of La Verne (Southern California) in January 2000. When asked to give a self-introduction, one of my new classmates said, “I am Taiwanese, and I am from Taiwan.” Another student stood up saying, “I am Chinese from the Republic of China.” Having learned before class that

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Marilyn Rahilly: Affective and Cultural Considerations in English Language Learning

Dr. Marilyn Rahilly conducted a qualitative study of a group of Taiwanese university students and examined the role that the affective domain and culture play in second language learning in adult learners of English, including: motivation, cultural differences, language anxiety, saving face, fear of making errors, public speaking, and risk-taking behavior among university students learning English as a second language. Dr. Marilyn Rahilly is an Assistant Professor of ESL, George Mason University. In the year of 2014-2015 she worked as a Fulbright Scholar at National Taiwan Normal University.

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Carol Lee: Solving The Mystery of Terrestrialization

Dr. Carol Lee and her Taiwan host, Dr. Wen-Hsiung Li, are using novel genome sequence data, generated for the first time for 35 arthropod species, to determine patterns of evolution across habitats. From these data, we can infer adaptations over both macro- and micro evolutionary time scales to determine physiological mechanisms underlying adaptation to environmental change. Dr. Carol Lee currently is a full professor at the Center of Rapid Evolution (CORE) and Department of Zoology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. In the year of 2014-2015 she worked as a Fulbright Scholar at the Biodiversity Research Center at Academia Sinica in Taiwan.

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