fulbright Taiwan online journal

fulbright Taiwan online journal

Author: Tyler Prochazka 羅泰

Tyler Prochazka 羅泰
Tyler Prochazka grew up in Kansas, later attending Western Kentucky University to participate in their historic speech and debate team. While at WKU, he completed the Department of Defense's Chinese Flagship program and received BAs in Economics, International Affairs, and Asian Religions and Cultures. Currently, Tyler is part of the leadership of UBI Taiwan, a research assistant for the U.S. State Department focused on Artificial Intelligence, and is the features editor for Basic Income Earth Network's news division.  

Learning Taiwan’s Concepts of Social Justice: My Fulbright Journey at National Chengchi University

It was a colder night than usual in Kaohsiung. For me, it was mildly warm, but the locals all had to wear coats because they are used to scorching hot weather. We were sitting in a tightly packed living room with a mini projector discussing a strategy to get Taiwan’s legislators to promote basic income. I was nervous because I was organizing my first ever large-scale conference based on basic income research in the Asia Pacific, and the date was quickly approaching. This was my first glimpse at the enthusiasm among Taiwan’s activists toward the idea of basic income, even though the idea was not well known in early 2017. Although the meetings did not produce much in terms of feasible strategy, it did calm my nerves that there may be potential for enough support in Taiwan to create a sustainable organization for basic income. Fast forward to 2020 and I have been re-elected to my second term as chairman of the UBI Taiwan NGO, which researches and promotes discussion of Unconditional Basic Income (UBI). We legally founded the NGO in 2018, although we had been actively holding conferences and writing white paper policy proposals well before then. In the

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Becoming an Insider: My Journey in Taiwan’s Social Welfare Movement

     This past year has been a whirlwind of changes for me. When I first landed in Taiwan, I only had a surface-level understanding of its people and culture. I had just finished a year-long program in China and was excited to experience something different. At the time, I had expected to enjoy my stay in Taiwan, but I did not expect it to dramatically alter my views about the world or my path in the future. Studying in Taiwan      At the beginning of my first semester at National Chengchi University (NCCU), I felt that the coursework was structured much differently from how I imagined a master’s program. The onus was on the students to push themselves with the content, and the professor did not explicitly put many requirements on the students.      Nonetheless, I found the classroom discussion to be incredibly fascinating and something that I would not have been able to find in many other programs. This was because the cohort was made up of students from all around the world. I was often the only American in the room, and thus, I heard many different perspectives. Moreover, my professors were often current or

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