Dan Davidson Fellowship Essay: Genevieve Madigan

During the summer of 2019, I had the privilege of studying at National Chengchi University in Taipei, Taiwan through the American Councils Tradition and Modernity in Taiwan program. This month-long program focused on the history, culture, and politics of Taiwan. While my time spent there was limited, the experiences I had while abroad exceed my …

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Dan Davidson Fellowship Essay: Darius Carter

In many ways, the Tradition and Modernity in Taiwan study abroad experience was transformative. The program provided insight into a culture of which I previously had no exposure apart from secondhand, anecdotal information received from my Chinese teacher and videos online. Captivated by the Mandarin language and culture presented in classes at my home institution, …

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Dan Davidson Fellowship Essay: Colton Ames

I applied to go to Taiwan on a whim. My research interests had primarily focused on mainland China and South Korea, and I had honestly never devoted too much time thinking about Taiwan. With the exception of the occasional headline that lamented another country that had severed ties with the island nation, Taiwan had never …

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Where’s the Bathroom?: Breaking the Language Barrier

About a year before coming to Taipei for my ACIE program, I visited Beijing for a research trip. I had been learning Mandarin on my own for about a year before then, mostly through the use of language learning apps and textbooks from my school’s library. I figured that my language skills would be sufficient …

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Taiwanese Starbucks and Other Communication Woes   

I can sort my life evenly into two geographic regions.  I was born in Taiwan and moved to the United States when I was ten and have lived exactly half of my twenty years in each country.  Though I’d missed Taiwan intensely, I hadn’t been back in a decade, until I flew back for the …

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Where We’ve Gone and What I’ve Learned

It has been a week since we’ve arrived and I have learned so much.  Through opportunities in the TMT program, and my own personal excursions, I have travelled to seven places within these seven days. Three of these places have taught me new lessons about both Taiwan and myself. National Chengchi University has taught me …

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