Month: August 2018

Margaret Lewis: Taiwan’s Criminal Justice Reforms and Possible Implications for the PRC

In her year as a Fulbright Scholar, Professor Margaret Lewis looks at legal reforms, with respect to criminal justice and human rights, on Taiwan’s domestic changes as well as cross-strait relations. Seeing reforms on a day-to-day basis, Professor Margaret Lewis has not only witnessed significant underground changes but also got a better sense of the overall climate in Taiwan. Margaret Lewis is a law professor at Seton Hall University School of Law. Her research focuses on law in mainland China and Taiwan with an emphasis on criminal justice.

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Dr. Winstein在經過主持臨床試驗以及相關研究之後指出,目前發展出許多針對慢性中風的新興治療手法,研究顯示有成效,但沒有比控制組來的顯著有效,這樣的結果引發下一步研究重點的討論,在進行大型研究之前,有必要回過頭再好好的檢視這些治療手法中的主要治療要素,其改善中風患者表現的機制為何?唯有將各治療要素產生成效的機制深入瞭解之後,才能更清楚的結合各種要素,以達到更有效的治療成果。

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Bringing a Piece of Kentucky to the Taiwanese Classroom

     For the 2017-18 academic year, my alma mater, Western Kentucky University (WKU), hosted a Taiwanese Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) to help tutor students currently studying Mandarin Chinese in the university’s Chinese Flagship Program. As a recent graduate of that program, I thought it was an interesting coincidence that the two of us essentially switched places—she went to WKU and I came to Taipei. The FLTA was named Pia Lin. She also happened to be the co-founder of The World In Your Classroom (TWIYC), a non-profit organization that provides foreigners living in or visiting Taiwan the opportunity to share information about their home country with Taiwanese students by guest lecturing at local middle and high schools.      Around March, Pia contacted me to ask if I would be interested in volunteering as a guest lecturer for TWIYC. After reading about TWIYC and their work, I figured this would be a great opportunity to share a piece of my home, the great Commonwealth of Kentucky—a place most Taiwanese people know very little about, compared to U.S. cities like New York and Los Angeles—with students.      On April 28th, I attended the second of two training days held

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From Pennsylvania to Taiwan: Reflections on Fulbright International Education Administrators Seminar

Professional Development      My participation in the Fulbright International Education Administrators Seminar in Taiwan in March 2017 broadened my professional experience in East Asia, which was previously limited to organizing site visits to Japan (2007) and China (2016). The Fulbright experience helped me contextualize a deepening engagement with partnerships in Taiwan and explore new opportunities for both student exchange and faculty collaboration.      The Fulbright Taiwan IEA seminar provided me with an in-depth professional and intercultural learning experience quite different from the experiences I have had leading site visits or student groups. I was able to focus on my own learning and experience for a substantial period of time rather than being responsible for the organization and logistics for a group. As an academic administrator, the daily demands of my position’s responsibilities and the constraints of the academic calendar do not allow for intensive and extended experiences abroad.      From lectures and cultural visits to direct access to officials in the American Institute in Taiwan, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Education and even the President of Taiwan, the overall structure of the Fulbright Taiwan IEA seminar provided invaluable information about the politics, economics, and culture

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Linsey Marr: Potential for Long-Distance Transport of the Flu Virus from Mainland China to Taiwan

Linsey Marr’s research group studies the emissions, transformation, transport, and fate of air pollutants. As a Fulbright Scholar at National Taiwan University, she was studying the potentiality for long-distance transport of the flu virus from Mainland China to Taiwan. Dr. Linsey Marr is the Charles P. Lunsford Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Virginia Tech. Her research group studies the emissions, transformation, transport, and fate of air pollutants.

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Elaine Ng: Cultural Cartography: The Material and Pattern of Place

Through research and exploration of Tainan City, Elaine Ng found the materials and patterns on the streets provided her a new cultural context and language for art making. Working in Professor Ching Yuan Chang’s Studio and the Chin Chin Pottery, Elaine built lasting relationships with international artists and local audiences. Elaine K. Ng is an artist whose work explores the physical and psychological structures of sites. Her Fulbright research in Taiwan began with ideas rooted in cultural cartography and has focused specifically on the materials and patterns that define a place.

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A Day in the Field with Kristina Chyn

Follow conservation biologist, Kristina Chyn, through Taiwan’s jungles as she conducts fieldwork for Fulbright fellowship research project. Explore different wildlife sampling methods in the day and night time and encounter several amazing frogs, lizards, and snakes! Her project explores the impact of roads on wildlife in Taiwan, and she conducts fieldwork to sample several locations in mountainous Nantou county of Taiwan to gain a better understanding of how roads can impact populations and communities of reptiles and amphibians.

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Chinese Energy Security and the South China Sea

     Oil has been a critical national resource since the early 20th century, when the British Empire began using oil to power its ships, and Parliament voted to acquire a majority stake in a Persian oil firm in order to ensure that it would be able to maintain access to oil for the Royal Navy.[1] With the development of the oil-powered airplane and tank, oil became even more important to strategic planning, and many nations created their own state-owned oil companies to ensure continued access to foreign oil. After the close of the Second World War, it was discovered that the Middle East had large reserves of easily-tapped oil. Not coincidentally, this was when the United States first established a foothold in the region, promising “U.S. military aid to any state in the region that came under attack from Soviet or Soviet-backed forces.”[2] The West’s dependence on Middle Eastern oil was revealed in 1973, when the Organization of Petroleum-Exporting Countries (OPEC) cut off all petroleum exports to the United States and decreased its exports to other countries in response to American support for Israel in the 1973 Yom Kippur War.[3] Defense correspondent Michael T. Klare writes that from that

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Inside Taiwan’s Sunflower Movement

“Say goodbye to Taiwan,” wrote political scientist John Mearsheimer in a widely read article in the March-April 2014 issue of The National Interest.1 Threatened by China’s rising economic might and abandoned by a weakening United States, one of Asia’s most vibrant democracies was facing, in his “realist” analysis, an almost inevitable annexation via economic if not military force. “Time,” he wrote, “is running out for the little island coveted by its gigantic, growing neighbor.” But only days after publication, on March 18, activists and armchair analysts alike said hello to a new reality. That evening, the assembly hall of Taiwan’s Legislative Yuan was stormed by a motley crew led by students from the “Black Island Nation Youth,” a loosely organized student political action committee formed the previous year. The several hundred occupiers repelled police efforts to eject them, escorted out the few officers on duty, and barricaded the doors with seats tied together with rope. None of them expected that the occupation, later known as the 318 or Sunflower Movement, would last twenty-four days, spawn the biggest pro-democracy protest rally in the island’s history, reframe popular discourse about Taiwan’s political and social trajectory, precipitate the midterm electoral defeat of the ruling party,

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