fulbright Taiwan online journal

fulbright Taiwan online journal

Author: Stephen Pan 潘長浩

Stephen Pan 潘長浩
Stephen is a social epidemiologist who focuses on the health of minority populations in mainland China and Taiwan. As a Fulbright Post-doctoral Senior Scholar at National Dong Hwa University, worked with Taiwanese researchers and community organizations to better understand how unintentional injury fatalities can be prevented in indigenous communities.

Research and Reflections from Hualien County

    When I visited Taiwan in the summer of 2002, there were no direct flights between the island and mainland China, Freedom Square was still called Chiang Kai-Shek Memorial Square, and the now diminutive Mitsukoshi tower was still the tallest building in Taipei. In my suitcase was a Sony Discman with electronic skip protection, along with about ten pounds of CDs with timeless hits like “Gonna make you sweat” by C+C music factory.      Though I only taught English in Taiwan for a few weeks, the experience as a college sophomore left an unexpectedly powerful impression on me. The food was great of course (I must have spent hundreds of dollars eating multiple bowls of shaved ice each day), but being in Taiwan also provided me with an invaluable ethnocultural reference point to understand interethnic relationships and minority identities outside the American context. However, one summer was far too brief, and I knew that I would need to return for a longer stay. Applying to Fulbright      Eleven years later, a viable plan to return to Taiwan was conceived while visiting Taipei as a public health Fulbright student researcher in China. All Fulbright student fellows in China

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Research & Reflections

fulbright taiwan online journal