Brown University Hosts the First “Nexus Taiwan” International Conference from April 7-9, 2016.

Brown University held the first “Nexus Taiwan” international conference “Repositioning Taiwan and the Americas: Formosa to the Present” from April 7-9. “Nexus Taiwan” is a joint program of the Ministry of Education, Republic of China (Taiwan) and Brown University to promote Taiwan research. Brown has invited several international scholars engaged in Taiwan Studies to share and discuss research findings. 

Ms. Cynthia Huang, Director of Education Division, TECO-Boston, was invited to provide a few remarks at the opening ceremony. Ms. Huang said that the Ministry has established the Taiwan Studies Program, and has cooperated with 36 colleges and universities around the world to enhance Taiwan Studies globally. She expects the “Nexus Taiwan” Program to be a driving force to create great opportunities for Brown faculty and students to better understand Taiwan’s history and culture, and build further cooperation between Brown and universities in Taiwan.

Dr. Robert G. Lee, Associate Professor of American Studies and leader of the “Nexus Taiwan” Program, said American Studies at Brown University has conducted research on the impact and significance of the Asia-Pacific on American history, society and culture for more than 20 years, and also has established “Asian American Studies” and “Asia-Pacific and the Making of Americas” programs to explore further the relationship between the Asia-Pacific and Americas.

Dr. Ping-Chen Hsiung, professor at Chinese University of Hong Kong, delivered the opening keynote speech: “If Taiwan, Then What? Reflections on Disciplinarity,” in which she expressed different points of views on Taiwan research including anthropology, linguistics, and culture.

The next seminar will include topics such as immigration issues between Taiwan and the United States, Taiwan’s military role during the Cold War, Native Taiwanese and Native Americans issues, and Taiwan and Pan-Pacific popular cultures.

Left to right: Dr. Rebecca Nedostup, Dr. Evelyn Hu-Dehart, Brown University; Ms. Cynthia Huang, Director, Education Division, TECO-Boston; Dr. Hsin-ya Huang, National Sun Yat-sen University; Dr. Robert Lee, Dr. Caroline Frank, Brown University; Dr. Ping-Chen Hsiung, and Dr. Mu-chou Poo, Chinese University of Hong Kong.

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