Reflecting on our two-week journey to learn more about the rich history of Taiwan, I am thankful to be a part of the first International Educators Administrators (IEA) program for Fulbright Taiwan. I hope to give back by taking what I have gained and building upon it: I want more people to learn about the Fulbright Taiwan vision: “a world with a little more knowledge, and a little less conflict.” I am a “Southern” girl. I was born in the South of the United States, in Burlington, North Carolina. Growing up, I also spent five years in southern China and Hong Kong, where I learned Mandarin Chinese. I would like to reflect on my first trip to Taiwan using the lens of language and language learning, and share about my experiences in Taiwan: the charms of Taiwan, speaking Chinese there, and some things I learnt about the challenges Taiwan face. Charm of Taiwan The island of Taiwan is the size of Maryland and Delaware but has 23 million people, giving it one of the highest population densities in the world. I could feel the “heartbeat of Asia” when I first arrived in Taipei, and began to
Author: Anna Dunaway
Anna is a North Carolinian native but grew up in Hong Kong, where she learned Mandarin Chinese and gained an appreciation for Chinese culture. She received her B.S. from Appalachian State University in International and Comparative Politics with minors in Chinese and Military Science. She spent a year teaching English in Zibo, China and received her Master of International Studies, with a focus on U.S. and Chinese Foreign policy, from NC State. She has worked in the Office of Global Engagement since 2009, and is the Director of the NC State Confucius Institute, the Program Director of the Global Engagement in Academic Research (GEAR) Summer Research Program. Since her time at NC State she has been awarded the NC State University Outstanding Extension Service Award (2011-2012), 2013 Confucius Institute Individual Performance Excellence Award at the 8th Confucius Institute Conference held in Beijing, China (December 2013), and the 2014 Leaders in Diversity by the Triangle Business Journal. She served on the NC State Staff Senate (2012- 2016) and was awarded the 2017 International Education Administrators (IEA) Fulbright Taiwan Scholar.
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