University of St. Thomas "Taiwan Studies Program"2016/12/1~2019/8/31
  • Project Description

    Tasks and implementation in AY 2016-2017 will be:

    1. Three Taiwan Studies Courses:
      1. INST/ARTHS 4393—Asian Art & Culture (Fall 2016 – in progress)
      2. INST 3360/MLINS 5360—Regional Study of East Asia (Scheduled Spring 2017)
      3. INST 4360—Perspectives on Modern China ((Scheduled Spring 2017)
    2. Scholar Visits and Exchanges:
      1. Will invite a visiting scholar from Taiwan during spring 2017 for one week period, involving guest lectures on campus and will attempt to secure lectures off campus.
      2. The Center for International Studies will co-sponsor the October 14 2016 Joint Conference of Taiwanese Student Association Presidents
      3. July 20 – August 10, 2016 – sent two undergraduate students to Shih Chien University’s Mandarin Language & Culture summer program.
      4. July 7 – August 2, 2016 – received two student interns from Wenzao University of Foreign Languages.
      5. August 31, 2016 – received 6 Soochow University English majors and their professor, Dr. James Lee (李逢堅) for one-day of activities and lectures.
    3. Taiwan Studies Publications:
      1. The director of the TSP, Dr. Hans Stockton and the newly appointed Assistant Professor, Dr. Yao-Yuan Yeh will continue to contribute academic journal articles related to Taiwanese studies. 
    4. Scholarship:
      1. Visiting Professorship
        1. The Center for International Studies and the TSP has recruited a Visiting Assistant Professor, Dr. Yao-Yuan Yeh, who specializes in East Asian and Taiwan studies. Dr. Yao-Yuan Yeh holds a Ph.D in Political Science from Texas A&M University and a B.A. in Political Science from National Taiwan University.
    5. Databases and Archives:
      1. The TSP is currently compiling and disseminating links and other online resources as an information hub or clearing house on publications and audio visual material related to Taiwan Studies.
    6. Academic Activities:
      1. August 15, 2016 was the first group meeting of the Taiwan Studies faculty (Stockton, Starkman, Yeh, and Tsai) to begin planning and implementation for 2016-17 academic year.
      2. Announced the creation of the Taiwan Studies Program at the annual meeting of the Conference Group on Taiwan Studies meeting on September 3, 2016 to more than 30 assembled Taiwan scholars.
      3. Will propose a new East Asia Studies minor program in spring 2017.  This will include a core element of Taiwan and Republican era studies.
      4. TSP Biennial Symposia (Spring 2017): The TSP will hold the Taiwan Studies Symposium in April 22 (or April 1) 2017. The TSP will invite leading Taiwan scholars from the US and Taiwan to present research on a common themes. The list of panelists and the theme topic will be provided once the schedule is finalized.
      5. TSP Regular Lectures/Culture Displays (in coordination with TECO Houston): The TPS will extend the invitation to US-based scholars in Taiwanese studies. The first lecture/culture display will be delivered in spring 2017.

    American and Global Studies Colloquium (Summer 2016): The Center hosted 10 students and 1 faculty from Chia Nan University of Pharmacy and Science for 18 days.  The Center hosted a second group of 17 students from National Association of Young Entrepreneurs’ program called “YGP Group.”

  • Outcome Feature Description

     Given that the program launch has largely waited until the start of the 2016-17 academic year (August 14, 2016), there has not been sufficient time to provide demonstrable impact for many of the longer-term activities.  We are happy to report that the formation of the new Taiwan Studies Program has been announced to the TECO staff, local community leaders, and the leading scholars of Taiwan in the United States.  Additionally, we are making good progress toward adding TSP information to the University website (estimated completion by September 21, 2016) to further promote the program and other Taiwan-related news.  On this point, we will soon have a “Virtual Resource Center” on our website to assist area educators with easy access to reliable information about Taiwan and East Asia.

    The impact we hope to see will be 1) increase in the number of students taking Taiwan-related courses; 2) increase in the number of students taking Mandarin language; 3) increase in the number of US-based students studying in Taiwan; 4) increase in the number of community citizens that are aware of and interested in knowing more about Taiwan; and 5) increase in the number of Taiwan scholars and students that visit/attend/lecture at the University of St. Thomas.


    • School:University of St. Thomas
    • Continent:North America
    • Country\Area:United States of America