Since the 1990s, new and transformed Buddhist educational institutions have developed in Taiwan to meet the needs of a modern, globalized society. Dr. Barbara Reed devoted her Fulbright year in Taiwan to teaching and researching how these new colleges and universities develop different approaches to integrating Buddhist values into modern society. Barbara E. Reed is Professor of Religion and Asian Studies at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. This semester she is a Fulbright Senior Scholar at Dharma Drum Institute of Liberal Arts in Jinshan District. She is teaching a graduate course on “Comparative Scriptures” and researching Buddhist colleges and universities in Taiwan.
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“What is the Buddha?”: Authority, Encounter Dialogue, and Ritual Efficacy in the Song-dynasty Chan Tradition Song-dynasty Chan discourse records represent Chan masters as “living buddhas.” But how did this idea attain efficacy in dialogue with an audience during the routine ritual of “ascending the hall”? Kevin Buckelew is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University, where he is writing a dissertation on Chinese Chan Buddhism in the Song dynasty. For 2016-17 he is a visiting researcher at the Institute of History and Philology at Academia Sinica.
Hannah Fazio, who studied International Relations at Mount Allison University in New Brunswick, Canada, wanted to study social movements. She came to Taiwan to learn about Taiwan’s push to legalize same-sex marriage and ended up in the right place at the right time! This video features her reflections on her research and personal experiences as she watched a social movement unfold and develop before her eyes.
Professor Jane Winn, 2016-2017 Fulbright Cross-strait Senior Scholar, discusses her observations on the opening of a Cross-Strait Electronic Fund Transfer Link in 2012 and her Comparative Case Study of Legal, Administrative and Innovation Cultures. She also taught a seminar on the topic of “Regulation of Financial Technology” in the National Tsinghua University in Hsinchu, Taiwan. Jane Winn is the Charles I. Stone Professor at University of Washington School of Law. Her current research focus is on Financial Technology in Asia. Her hosts are the National Tsing Hua University in Taiwan and the Zhe-jiang University in China.
Can “Tai Chi” mix with dance? Is training from a dance academy the only way? Through his Fulbright exchange, Paul Ocampo shows us that dancers from different generations and cultures can build and share knowledge through the arts. Paul Ocampo is a dancer and an adjunct lecturer at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. He came to Taiwan to teach dance techniques and the incorporation of body-mind awareness. This video features his reflections on the relationship between Paul and his students and on his personal experiences about the use of breath and the flow of movement.
An ever changing global environment and increasing species loss demands new approaches to ecosystem protection. By translating the importance of nature into dollar values we can integrate nature into planning policies. However, this work remains costly, the research analyses and critiques the rapid valuation methods in order to scale and democratize ecosystem economic valuation, specifically for the coral reefs of Taiwan. Nathaniel Maynard is a Fulbright Fellow working with the National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium. He is researching biological coral surveys and economic modeling in order to determine the total economic value of the Kenting National Park. He received his Master’s degree in International Environmental Policy the Middlebury Institute of International Studies.
Dr. Yang compares characteristics and motives of cross-border Merger and Acquisitions (M&A) across the Strait and explores how firms are integrated after acquisitions. Dr. Monica Yang is Associate Professor of Business and Management at Adelphi University. As a Fulbright Senior Scholar at Department of International Business at National Chengchi University, she studiescross border M&A activities among Taiwan, China and Hong Kong.
Karissa Chen’s reflects on several months of novel research on the stories of post-1949 migrants to Taiwan and related history. Karissa Chen is the author of “Of Birds and Lovers.” Her work has been published in numerous publications, including PEN America, Gulf Coast, Guernica, and The Toast. She is the Senior Literature Editor at Hyphen magazine, and a co-founding editor of Some Call It Ballin.
Dr. Robert Davidson reflections on teaching undergraduate and graduate classes in creative writing, American literature 1492-present, and Asian American literature in a cross-cultural environment at Tunghai University in Taichung, 2015-2016. Rob Davidson is Professor of English at California State University, Chico. As a Fulbright Senior Scholar and Visiting Professor at Tunghai University in Taichung, he is teaching American literature and creative writing at the undergraduate and graduate levels, with a special focus on Asian American literature.
David Herman and Alexandra Slayton work within the ETA advisory team which provides training and advice to the English Teaching Assistants (ETAs) and Taiwan local English teachers (LETs). Through weekly reports, bi-weekly workshops, class observations, online support, and annual ETA conference, the team provides agile response and thorough training to enhance teaching quality of ETAs and LETs. David Herman is a PhD student at Washington State University with a focus on Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Alexandra Slayton hold an M.A. degree from the School for International Training (SIT) Graduate Institute in TESOL. They both are grantees of the “FSE English Teacher Training & Research Awards.”