fulbright Taiwan online journal

fulbright Taiwan online journal

Cultural Insights

Bryce Christensen: Bringing the Xing Moment to Cross-cultural Literary Study

Dr. Christensen taught at National Taiwan University for 2019-20 as a visiting Fulbright professor. He had two classes, respectively on Willa Cather and Mark Twain, in which he found students in different cultures interpreted literature in different but meaningful ways.

Dr. Bryce Christensen, professor of English at Southern Utah University, received his Ph. D. in English literature from Marquette University. His current research focuses on the relationship between science and poetry, on non-Western literature (especially classical Chinese literature), and on utopian literature.

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Brian Bruya: Cross-Cultural Philosophy in the Classroom

Dr. Brian Bruya won his second Fulbright Scholarship to Taiwan in 2019-2020. His project is titled ” Cross-cultural Philosophy in the classroom.” Due to the diversified backgrounds of the students, Dr. Bruya’s class at NTU became an ideal setting to teach comparative philosophy.

Dr. Brian Bruya, is a professor of philosophy at Eastern Michigan University, and an author of books and articles in the fields of comparative philosophy, cognitive science, and educational psychology. He is also a translator and has published translations of a number of popular comic books on Chinese philosophy, which have been featured in the New York Times.

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Timothy Clifford: Prayers and Local Environmental Crises in Early Modern China

Dr. Timothy Clifford’s project focuses on environmental prayers authored by local government officials in sixteenth and seventeenth-century China and what these prayers can tell us about state management of environmental crises. He applied the database on ancient Chinese literature along with local gazetteer to examine the environmental history of early modern China.

Dr. Timothy Clifford is a lecturer at Bryn Mawr College in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures. He received his Ph.D. on East Asian Languages and Civilizations at the University of Pennsylvania. He is a 2018-2019 Fulbright scholar and visiting researcher at Academia Sinica in the Institute of History and Philology.

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Latoya Kamdang: Spatial Explorations of Indigenous Architecture and Urban Settlements in Taiwan

Professor Latoya Kamdang’s Fulbright project researched two indigenous architecture sites and two urban informal settlement sites in Taiwan, including one World Monument Fund selected site – Kucapungane. Prof. Kamdang also co-taught with her host Professor Shu-Mei Huang at National Taiwan University and provided insights on preservation and conservation. During her grant, Prof. Kamdang also traveled to South Korea and Hong Kong to expand her international connections in the East Asia Pacific region.

Latoya Nelson Kamdang is a U.S. Fulbright Senior Scholar in Taiwan. Her host institution is the Graduate Institute of Building and Planning at the National Taiwan University. She is a Registered Architect, Certified Interior Designer, and LEED Accredited Professional. Her experience spans architecture, planning, exhibit design, industrial design, and interior design. Latoya has developed her career in practice while maintaining a connection to academic research and teaching at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY.

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Research & Reflections

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