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Month: September 2015

Jake Werner: Speculative Mania and the Masses – Shanghai in the 1930s and Today

Dr. Jake Werner’s research explores how China’s articulation within global modernity was conditioned by the nature of work, urban space, and political economy in Shanghai from the 1930s to the 1950s. Dr. Jake Werner is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Chicago. In the fall, he will be a Harper fellow and collegiate assistant professor.

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My Fulbright Experience at Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

In her video about her experiences at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Dr. Chen discusses her interest in researching child maltreatment and domestic violence. She was located in the Office of Noncommunicable Diseases, Injury, and Environmental Health, specifically at the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. Within this office, she is a part of the Child Maltreatment and Sexual Violence Team. While working at the CDC, Ms. Chen has worked on two specific projects: “Research on the Efficacy and Feasibility of Essentials for Parenting Toddlers and Preschoolers” and “Implementation of Essentials for Childhood: Safe, Stable, Nurturing Relationships and Environments.” She has focused on creating safe environments for child to live in and for parents to take care of their children. The flexible and professional environment of the CDC in Atlanta left a great impression on her. During her grant period, Dr. Chen has been able to participate in several webinars and conferences specializing in different areas of child treatment and development. (by Tom Shattuck)    

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Afternoon at The Getty

     It was a sunny afternoon when I visited the Getty Museum in Los Angeles. I took a bus to the foot of the hill where it is situated, and then I lined up for the tram to take me up the hill. The Getty is a museum that was transformed into a public gallery; before, it was part of a private collection of Mr. J. Paul Getty. The tram that took me uphill was very interesting and environmentally friendly. It used no gas or any other external energy: it used physics that worked a pulley system that had two cars. As one car goes down the hill, its gravitational acceleration pulls the other one uphill. It was a very quiet tram ride except for the soft but clear words of welcome transmitted through the speaker. As the car ascended, LA became smaller and smaller. When the tram reached the top, I got off on one side, and passengers who were going downhill got on from the other side. It was a very efficient and non-crowded way of arranging the visitors. I felt like I was beginning to feel the effective management and friendly atmosphere of the Getty. What

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What Makes an Ivy League University Ivy-Leaguely Prestigious: My Experiences and Reflections at Cornell University

Preface This paper is not a formal academic one. It is a paper which is based upon my first-hand experiences and reflections which I have gained since I arrived at Cornell University on September 2, 2014. By “first-hand,” I mean “authentic and genuine:” I attribute these experiences to the people, the buildings, the facilities, and the natural and cultural environments while feeling and observing them on campus in both tangible and intangible perspectives. This is my very first time ever visiting Cornell University, one of the eight Ivy League Universities in the northeastern part of the US, founded by Mr. Ezra Cornell and Mr. Andrew Dickson White in 1865. I feel truly fortunate and honored to have been invited by Dr. David B. Lipsky, The Anne Evans Estabrook Professor of Dispute Resolution and Director of the Scheinman Institute on Conflict Resolution (SICR), ILR School, who serves as my Faculty Sponsor as well as my advisor, to conduct my research on the project of “A Study of the Pentad-Gestalt Rhetoric as an Intercultural Strategy for Conflict Resolution” on the eve of Cornell’s sesquicentennial. This paper is thus focused on what I have observed since my arrival in September until December 18,

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

     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 experience influenced Dewey himself, and I have been reading his papers and personal letters in order to gain some insight.      The real meaning of Dewey’s visit remains a question that neither history nor philosophy has conclusively settled.  According to historian Benjamin Schwartz, “the encounter between John Dewey and modern China is one of the most fascinating episodes in the intellectual history of twentieth-century China.”  After reviewing Dewey’s own experiences, I think it is fair to say that it was one of the most fascinating episodes in Dewey’s own intellectual development as well.  Of particular interest in this regard is the manner in which the relationship between Confucian institutions and democratic reform was debated in Dewey’s presence, and the way

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Teaching Dewey in Taiwan

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 uprisings of May 4, 1919.  This episode is part of a period now known as the May Fourth movement, during which Chinese thinkers engaged in vigorous debates over traditional customs and values.  During his visit, Dewey travelled, lectured, and wrote extensively about his experiences in China.  As my students and I read his philosophical works, I am working through Dewey’s own writings from this period: his personal letters, essays, and lectures.  What I’ve discovered has enriched my Taiwan experience very much. Obviously, much has changed since John Dewey visited the Republic of China in 1919.  Among the most important changes is that the Republic of China is now located on Taiwan.  Despite this geopolitical change, what is most striking is how many of

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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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Kirsten Asdal: Naval Perspectives on Asia-Pacific Maritime Conflict

    Kirsten Asdal graduated from the US Naval Academy in May 2013 with a B.S. in Chinese. She will complete a masters in Contemporary Chinese Studies at Oxford University in 2015, then report to her first ship, the USS MICHAEL MURPHY (DDG112), to serve as a division officer.     She will share her experiences living and studying in Taipei this past year and discuss what she has learned about Asia-Pacific international relations and regional maritime conflict. 從海軍觀點來看亞太地區海上衝突     艾永勤將分享她過去一年來在台北生活及唸書的經驗。並和大家來討論她所學的亞太地區國際關係和區域性的海上衝突。     2013年5月艾永勤於美國海軍學院獲得中文學士學位。她將於2015年在牛津大學就讀碩士學位,專攻中國當代研究。畢業後她將登上美國軍艦USS麥克爾默菲號 (DDG112)擔任部門主管並展開她的首次服役。

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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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