My first semester of Taiwan Studies at NCCU (政大) has come to an end. The time seems to have passed so quickly!
I really enjoyed the Culture and Ethnic Structure class. The highlight was the trip to Smangus and the making of the video. We also went on two field trips to the Ethnology Museum at Academia Sinica and the Shihsanhang Museum in Bali.
In Spatial Development I wrote two papers about the planned Su-Hua Freeway and development of the east coast. In my research I learnt that as well as the plan for the Su-Hua Freeway there is also a plan for an expressway connecting Puli with Hualian via a very long tunnel.
I also wrote a paper about the future of the Songshan Airport in Taipei, which was the subject of a related blog post about the future of domestic aviation in Taiwan (and a recent follow-up post). In Taiwanese History I wrote about railways in the Japanese era. This class was also notable for some of the in-class debates. There is no shortage of topics for discussion in this subject.
Overall the semester went well and I am happy with the course. I think all the lecturers are very knowledgeable about their subjects and I learnt many new things. If you have any specific questions about the course just leave a comment or send me an e-mail.
If you are interested in studying in a Taiwanese university the application period for the next academic year is March-April. The Study in Taiwan website is a good resource for information about courses and scholarships.