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A Midyear Reflection on the State of my Research

     I do a lot of reading; it’s part of my job description as a graduate student. I read all types of works: newspaper articles, opinion pieces, scientific data, political diatribe, etc. I also read quite a bit of Chinese literature and modern scholarship on such works. Recently, it

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傅爾布萊特 第一學期交流計畫心得

一、引言        於第一學期的交流過程中,本人在暑假參與了傅爾布萊特相關單位舉辦的「暑期先修研習營」(Orientation)以及在寒假「青年充實課程」(Youth Enrichment Seminar)。另外,在學校裡面除了正規課程外,主要參加臺灣同學會的活動,包括中秋節烤肉、感恩節火鍋等等以假日為主軸的盛宴。下文將以文化體悟、學業成長、人脈經營等各方面為經,上述各活動為緯,闡述這學期之心得感想。

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風城印象

       在八月中前往美國之前,我待在終年受海風吹拂的臺灣島上二十餘年。從大學入學到研究所畢業後的那段期間,我住在臺北城裡,花了三分之一的人生摸索與搏鬥。和生活搏鬥,也和自己。有時候覺得已經知道自己要的是什麼,但是困惑總是一而再再而三地回來。所以無論何時,我總是在包包裡放著一把傘。既然不知道什麼時候放晴,什麼時候會下雨,那麼確保能在雨滴落下時打傘撐著,總是不那麼狼狽一些。

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Notes from a Sufi Shrine in Sindh, Pakistan

  The heat of the day had receded as we walked into the shrine after ‘isha, the final evening prayers. The marble ground felt cool to our bare feet when we took off our sandals and went in. There was no guard at the gate, no shoe-keeping stand, and people

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Conversations: Names, Mingling, and Speaking Up

     When I first arrived here in the United States to pursue graduate studies, I not only noticed the language difference, but also the unfamiliar conversation conventions. I realized that many conversations here operate according to a different communication style than what I was used to back home. Here

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My Reflections

    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

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On Shamanism, Positivism, and Shifting One’s Frame of Reference

     An important skill that I have adopted for living overseas in a different culture is shifting my frame of reference to accommodate new experiences or ideas.  Living in Taiwan for the last six months has certainly challenged me to do so in refreshingly unexpected ways.       Since new

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Seeing the Coral for the Reef

     According to research by the Kenting National Park (KNP), more than 80% of Taiwanese people will visit the park at some point in their life, and of those, 70% will go to one of the park’s coral areas. Over 400,000 international and domestic tourists visit the area each

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Mathematical Modeling: The Formosan Landlocked Salmon

In recent decades, dam removal has become a frequently-used strategy for restoring natural stream habitats because dams deteriorate river channels and often lead to decreased diversity of species. Taiwan has many short and steep rivers in the high mountains, where strong rainfall creates high water velocity. As a result, the

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Robert Anthony Siegel: An American Novelist in Taiwan

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t7p2201fvRI    Robert Anthony Siegel 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 Pushcart Prizes, and fellowships from the

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