fulbright Taiwan online journal

fulbright Taiwan online journal

Author: J. Zack Hollo 霍遠征

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J. Zach Hollo is a law student at The University of Southern California’s Gould School of Law, where he takes part in its Public Interest Scholars Program. He was a Fulbright scholar in Taiwan from 2017 to 2019, where he earned a master's degree in international affairs at National Chengchi University. Before that, Zach attended Northwestern University's campus in Doha, Qatar, where he studied journalism. He grew up in Cleveland, Ohio.

Researching the Cross-Strait Implications of Taiwan’s Democratization

As a master’s student at National Chengchi University, I took a class on cross-strait relations between China and Taiwan. For my final essay, I became interested in the question, how has Taiwan’s democratization, and China’s lack thereof, affected cross-strait relations? My own experiences of China and Taiwan galvanized my curiosity. Before coming to Taiwan with the Fulbright Program, I spent two years in mainland China teaching English, one year at a middle school in Hunan province, and one year at a university in Henan province. In both settings, nationalism was a daily routine. In middle school, when the national anthem played on loudspeakers twice a day, all students stopped in their tracks and remained still to listen. Only after it ended would they continue their walk to the canteen. At the university, signs extolled the accomplishments of China since the Chinese Communist Party came to power in 1949, and even urged students to follow the example of Lei Feng, a young People’s Liberation Army hero of the Maoist era known for humility, kindness to fellow comrades, and devotion to the Communist Party. During my two years in China, I traveled widely and visited many history museums. They all seemed to

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fulbright taiwan online journal