Author: Fulbright Taiwan

Fulbright Taiwan

Peilei Fan: Urbanization and Environmental Change: Comparative Analysis of Taipei and Shanghai

Being an expert in urban development condition of East Asia, Peilei Fan spent the first half of her Fulbright Cross-strait Studies grant in Taipei, Taiwan. She developed an urban development index and framework, and will continue her research in Shanghai, China. In the video, she also shared her observations and experiences on the education system and natural outings in Taiwan. Dr. Peilei Fan is an associate professor of Urban & Regional Planning in the School of Planning, Design, and Construction at Michigan State University. She holds a joint research appointment at the Center for Global Change and Earth Observations. Dr. Fan’s research focuses on the urban environment, innovation and economic development. She is a Fulbright US Scholar of Cross-Strait Studies Program for 2017-2018 in Taipei and Shanghai.

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Jennifer Huang: Weaving Identity: Atayal Textile Practices in Taiwan

Art and culture is one way to preserve, promote and respect indigenous cultures and their histories. Jennifer Huang studied indigenous Atayal weaving in Taiwan and created artworks for two exhibitions inspired by this experience. Her work aims to reflect the cultural narratives that textiles can unravel. Jennifer Chen-su Huang is an artist, writer, and object-maker based in Chicago, IL. This past year, she has been researching indigenous Atayal weaving in Taiwan. She holds a M.F.A. in Fiber and Material Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a B.A. in Art Practice with a minor in Art History from University of California, Berkeley.

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Tricia Lin: Indigenous Studies, Gender Studies, and Feminism

Inspired by the scholarly exchange and production of the indigenous knowledge in National Dong Hwa University, Tricia Lin spent her Fulbright year in the beautiful part of Taiwan, Hualien. She offered a course in postcolonial feminism and held several speeches on related issues. Not only did the given lectures caused large effects on the students and audiences, they also enriched her own teaching and writing. As a cross-cultural scholar, she saw that exchange of culture happens everywhere she went. A 17th-generation daughter of Taiwan, Yi-Chun Tricia Lin is Professor and Director of Women’s Studies at Southern Connecticut State University. She is former President of National Women’s Studies Association, 2012-2014. Her Fulbright work, titled Indigenous studies, gender studies, and feminism, is part and parcel of her book project on transnational Indigenous feminism.

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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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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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Reed Criddle: Performing Editions of Taiwanese Buddhist Chant

Is chanting a form of performance or a form of meditation? Through his five months Fulbright research in Taiwan, Dr. Reed Criddle would argue it is the later. Dr. Criddle visited Taiwan to study the Pure Land Mahayana Buddhism chants and aims to share them back in the United States and to the world. He is not only transcribing chants into Western musical notation, but he has also composed choral pieces for Western performance, based on his interpretations of the tradition. Dr. Reed Criddle is an Associate Professor in Department of Music at Utah Valley University, where his research is surrounding music and chanting. For 2017-18, he is a visiting researcher at Fo Guang Shan Institute of Humanistic Buddhism.

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Alexandra Hezik: Efficacy of Citrus as a Potential Fungicide, Insecticide, and Fertilizer

Fossil fuel plays a huge role in commercial agriculture, but many scientists are looking for alternatives to fossil fuel soil amendments. Alexandra Hezik examined the effectiveness using pomelo as an alternative solution. This project sheds light on the efforts to find renewable resources instead of relying on fossil fuel based products. Alexandra Hezik graduated from Western Kentucky University with a bachelor of science and sustainable agriculture. She is a Fulbright fellow in 2017-2018 and conducts her research at National Taiwan University.

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Alisha Jihn: Being Embodied: Body Image and Dance/Movement Therapy

Dance therapy can be used in a different cultural context. Alisha Jihn explores the possibilities and sees that dance therapy can be effective in fostering body image and self-esteem for adolescents and children. Through Alisha’s Fulbright project, the dance therapy participants learned to develop new relationships with their bodies. Dance therapy can be used in a different cultural context. Alisha Jihn explores the possibilities and sees that dance therapy can be effective in fostering body image and self-esteem for adolescents and children. Through Alisha’s Fulbright project, the dance therapy participants learned to develop new relationships with their bodies. Alisha Jihn is a graduate of Columbia College Chicago’s dance movement therapy and counseling program. Her host institution in Taiwan is the Department of Education at National Chengchi University.

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