Special Projects

Indigenous People Initiative

Evidence of Malayo-Polynesian people living in Taiwan dates back 12,000 to 15,000 years. DNA analysis of the Austronesian linguistic group, spanning the Pacific and reaching into the Indian Ocean, traces most of the group’s origins to Taiwan from 3000+ BC. Today on Taiwan there are 16 officially recognized indigenous groups making up 2.3% of the population.

Donald Hatfield


Far Ocean Fishing, Placemaking and Formations of Taiwanese Indigenous Identity

Chris Upton


Culture on Trial: Rights and Rule Crafting Processes in Taiwan’s Special Indigenous Tribunals

Pei-Lin Yu


Behavioral Ecology and the Evolution of Indigenous Taiwanese Farming

Terry O’Reilly


Meeting in the Mountains

Brenda Zlamany


Creating a Portraiture of the Indigenous Inhabitants of Taiwan

Jennifer Huang

Fiber and Material Studies

Weaving Identity: Atayal Textile Practices in Taiwan

Mary Hamilton

Chinese and China Studies

Ancient Sailing Techniques among Taiwan’s Indigenous Peoples

Shih-Hui Chen


Returning, A Musical Composition Influenced by the Aboriginal and Han Cultures of Taiwan

Tricia Lin

Women’s Studies

Indigenous Studies, Gender Studies, and Feminism

Christine Yeh


Taiwanese High School Students’ Peer, Family, and Academic Stressors and Mental Health  Concerns: Indigenous and Interdependent Coping Strategies

Stephen Pan

Public Health

Sociocultural Determinants of Excess Unintentional Injury Mortality Among Aboriginal People in Eastern Taiwan: A Mixed-methods Study

Pacific Corals Holistic Project

Coral reefs contain staggering Biodiversity, provide food to millions, protect and create land, supply natural medicines, and are simply beautiful. Today, human activity continues to destroy reefs, while CO2 emissions warm the environment and add acidity to the oceans. All degrade coral habitat. Taiwan’s corals offer a unique opportunity. Cold water upsurges from a nearby deep ocean trench and hot water discharges from a power plant surprisingly result in temperature adaptive corals.

Tsai-Ping Ma


Empirical and Comparing the Operating Management between National Museum of Marine Biology and Aquarium and California Academy of Sciences

Craig Voligny


Parallels and Meridians: Painted Interpretations of the Kenting Reef

Kimberly Wilson

Comparative Politics
International Relations

Taiwan, China, and Claim Characteristics in the South China Sea

Yu-Ju Lin


International Disputes, Imperial Decrees and Social Customs: Plundering of Western Vessels by Coastal Villagers in 19th-century Taiwan

Nathaniel Maynard

International Environmental Policy / Ocean & Coastal Management

What is the Economic Benefit of the Houbihu Marine Reserve?

Chung-Ling Chen


A study on adjustment strategies for displaced fishing efforts in marine protected areas

Tung-Yung Fan

Marine Biology

Understanding the Elements of Success in Coral Reef Research and Aquaculture Industry in Hawaii: Lessons for Taiwan

Richard Sleboda

Marine Biology

Coral Reef Ecology and Convention in Kenting National Park

Tomorrow’s Rivers Initiative

Taiwan’s long, narrow topography with its mountain spine provides a unique laboratory. Taiwan’s mountains are new with 286 peaks of 10,000 feet, and the longest river is only 115 miles. So, slopes are very steep with light soil cover. This is combined with 3-6+ typhoons a year, each bringing rainfall that can reach 3+ feet a day. Erosion, bridge and structure underscoring, fisheries, flooding, landslides, sedimentation in reservoirs, dams, and wildlife are dramatically impacted.

Erich Hester


Effect of Floodplain Inundation on River Pollution in Taiwan’s Strong Monsoonal Climate

Philip Brown

History non-U.S.

Dam Imperialism: The Case of the Wusantou Dam, Tainan, and Related Projects

Desiree Tullos

Environmental Engineering

Ecological, Economic, and Engineering Sustainability through Sediment Management in Reservoirs

Kenneth Loh

Structural Engineering

Bridge Scour Monitoring and Modeling for Next-Generation Resilient Structures

Laurie Battle


Mathematical Modeling in Biology, Modeling the Formosan Salmon

English Education Project

English is mandated down to the 3rd grade and often taught earlier. English is also a priority in developing a 21st century innovation economy. Researchers and teachers work with universities on multiple projects. Locally, 89 ETAs teach English to elementary and middle school students. Independent research at National Taiwan Normal University produces multiple MA theses, which fortunately validate the anecdotal feedback that the program is very successful.

Robert Davidson

American Literature

American Literature & Creative Writing in Taiwan

Robert Siegel

Creative Writing

American Literature and Creative Writing for Taiwanese Students

Chiung-Yao Carolyn Ho

TEFL / Applied Linguistics

Development for ETAs in Taiwan

Yilin Sun

Applied Linguistics

Principled Eclecticism in Post-Methods Era in ELT Instruction, Curriculum Development & Assessment in an EFL Context

Marilyn Rahilly


Development for ETAs in Taiwan” to “Improving English Speaking Proficiency and Lowering the Affective Filter in East Asian Adult Learners

Cross-strait Studies

Comparisons and contrasts between the mainland and Taiwan are fascinating. Similarly, the Cross-Strait (on the webpage) relationship is one of the most internationally sensitive. These studies look at issues from a comparative perspective, providing rich insights from all appropriate disciplines; however the following are emphasized: Area Studies, Economics, Environmental Sciences, Law, Political Science, and Public Administration.

Injazz J. Chen

Business Administration

Understanding Sustainable Supply Chain Management Practices in Taiwan

Monica Yang

Business Administration

Determinants and Performance of Cross-border Mergers and Acquisitions across the Taiwan Strait 2000-2013

Ian Rowen


Chinese Tourists in Taiwan: Tourism and State Territoriality

Julia Andrews

History of Art

China Roar: Painting Societies and the Creation of Modern Chinese Art

Jane Winn


Opening of a Cross-Strait Electronic Fund Transfer Link in 2012 as a Comparative Case Study Legal, Administrative and Innovation Cultures

Jyu-Lin Chen


Risk Factors for Childhood Obesity in Preschool-Age Chinese Children in Taiwan and China

Chunjuan Nancy Wei

Political Science

Cross-Strait Book Manuscript and South China Sea Claims

Peilei Fan

Urban and Regional Planning

Urbanization and environmental change under institutional change, globalization, and historical/cultural influences: Comparative analysis of Taipei and Shanghai

Public Health Research

Taiwan’s comprehensive National Health Insurance (NHI), implemented in 1995, has been recognized as a miracle in the public health field. Understanding how to fairly and efficiently distribute the medical resources for its 23 million citizens, Taiwan can contribute its experience to the world.

Wei-Min Huang

Global/Public Health

An Empirical Study on the Intentions of Physicians in Adopting Electronic Medical Records with Modified Technology Acceptance Models

Linsey Marr

Environmental Engineering

Potential for Long-Distance Transport of the Flu Virus from Mainland China to Taiwan

Lillian Sie


Effects of Arsenic Exposure on Adverse Birth Outcomes in the Lanyang Basin

Erin Shigekawa

Health Management & Policy

The Interplay Between Chronic Kidney Disease, Socioeconomic Status and Obesity in Taiwan

Shou-Hsia Cheng

Medical Sciences

To understand the strategies, programs and effects of the healthcare reforms conducted under or along with the Affordable Care Act in the US

Steven Fox

Medical Sciences

Understanding Taiwan’s National Health Insurance Experience: A Wealth of Information for Effectiveness Research and a Source of Perspective for Future Policy

Evelyn Siu

Molecular Biology

The Role of Patients in Medical Decision  Making in Taipei Hospitals

Jereen Kwong

Molecular Biology

Integrating Community and Research to Address Hepatitis C Endemic in Taiwan

Urbanization and environmental change under institutional change, globalization, and historical/cultural influences: Comparative analysis of Taipei and Shanghai

Arts & Culture

With the unique historical and geographic context, Taiwan developed a vibrant and diverse arts and culture scene. Arts and culture has been Fulbright Taiwan’s special foci for over 30 years. Many famous artists, including Jane Ingram Allen, Chi Pang-Yuan, Lin Hwai-min, and Yu Kwang-chung have been supported by FSE.

Simon Levin

Health Management & Policy

Discover the Potential of Taiwan Local Pottery Material

Carmen Chiu

Art Conservation

The Traditions of Chinese Painting Conservation

Ling-Ting Chiu

Art History

The Transition of Traditional Chinese Art into Contemporary Art: The Artistic Realization of Overseas Chinese Artists in the United States

Mary Stokrocki Vallicella

Art & Education

Cross-Cultural Explorations in Second Life

Joshua Stenberg

Chinese Theatre

Taiwanese Minnan Glove Puppet Theater in Regional Perspective

Reed Criddle


Performing Editions of Taiwanese Buddhist Chant

Kurt Stallmann


Sounds of Taipei, a new multi-media work

Yu-Jen Sung


A Study of Chaya Czernowin’s Music and Aesthetics

Rodney Winther


Resident Coordinator of Ensembles and Teacher of Conducting

Jacob Sudol

Music (Composition)

Developing Interdisciplinary Creativity in Composition and Music Technology in Taiwan

Elaine Ng

Visual Arts

Cultural Cartography: Visual Language in the Hybridized Culture of Taiwan