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fulbright Taiwan online journal

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Fulbright Taiwan

Gina Elia: Shifting Concepts of Religion and Modernity in Republican-Era Chinese Literature

Gina Elia’s research focuses on the emergence of religious modernity during the Republican Era of the ROC. The literature of Bing Xin, Su Xuelin, and Su Dishan depicts characters who exhibit modern characteristics but traditional religious ideas. These authors believe that a religious mindset is necessary for a truly modern society, a distinctive approach to modernity. Gina Elia is a Ph.D. student in the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Pennsylvania and a Visiting Scholar at Academia Sinica for the 2016-2017 academic year.

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Kristina Chyn: Indirect Effects of Roads and Road Densities on Native Island Reptiles and Amphibians

Kristina Chyn reflected on her Fulbright research year on the ecological impacts of roads on Taiwan’s biodiversity –ecological modeling, data collection in Taiwan’s montane jungles, and preliminary results. Kristina Chyn is an Ecology & Evolutionary Biology PhD student at Texas A&M University and is hosted by the Taiwan Endemic Species Research Institute. Her intentions in Taiwan are to research ecological impacts of roads, but also connect with local ecologists and contribute to the protection of Taiwan’s ecological heritage.  

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Christine Norton: Cross-Cultural Learning & Outdoor Adventure Therapy

Dr. Norton provides an overview of her Fulbright Teaching project, “Cultural bridging through shared adventure,” as well as other Fulbright-related projects, and the resulting personal and professional outcomes. Christine Norton, LCSW, has a PhD in Social Work from Loyola University Chicago, a MA in Social Service Administration from the University of Chicago and a MS in Experiential Education from Minnesota State University. She is an Associate Professor at Texas State University, and a Fulbright Scholar at National Taiwan Normal University.  

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Barbara Reed: The Transformation of Buddhist Education in Taiwan

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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Kevin Buckelew: “What is the Buddha?”

“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.  

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Hannah Fazio: Taiwan’s Marriage Equality Movement: Lessons Learned and Shared

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.  

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Jane Winn: Taiwan-China Cross-Strait E-Banking Integration

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.  

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Joshua Stenberg: Taiwanese Minnan Glove Puppet Theater in Regional Perspective

This video takes a sociopolitical approach to analyze three recent Taiwanese dramatizations (puppet theatre, Western opera and gezaixi) of the life of 19th Century Presbyterian missionary George Leslie Mackay.

Joshua Stenberg is a doctoral candidate in Chinese theatre at Nanjing University. His research focuses on traditional Chinese theatre forms (xiqu) in transnational and intercultural contexts.

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Nathaniel Maynard: What is the Economic Benefit of the Houbihu Marine Reserve?

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.

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Monica Yang: Determinants and Performance of Cross-border Mergers and Acquisitions

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.

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