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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Experiencing Different Aspects of Taiwan

Visiting the Tzu Chi recycling plant was one of the most interesting excursions we went on during the program. I was really impressed by how meticulous the facility was and the amount of support they receive. With 60 to 70 volunteers per day, they hand separate items by material and color. The facility makes several …

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Life of a Foreign Exchange Student In Taiwan

After 3 long weeks, I became to realize that I had subconsciously adjusted to the Taiwanese social customs here in Taipei. I was more likely to speak Chinese with some of the locals if they are open to talk, receiving in-depth information on the culture, politics and history of Taiwan, and continuously became amazed when …

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