The Female Faculty Association held the “Tamkang Night of Flower Month” in the Carrie Chang Music Hall on Jun. 6. The event consisted of members of the Female Faculty Association performing over 20 beautiful songs in the name of charity. Invited was President Flora Chia-I Chang, Vice President of International Affairs, Wan-chin Tai, Dean of the College of Foreign Languages and Literature, Hsiao-chuan Chen, Dean of the College of International Studies, Kao-cheng Wang, Dean of the College of Global Development, Ay-hwa Andy Liou, Dean of Academic Affairs, Tung-wen Cheng, Dean of Student Affairs, Chun-hung Lin, Dean of General Affairs, Shiaw-shyan Luo and the Tamkang University student choir. An honored guest, President of Chung-ang University of Korea, Dr. Chang-soo Kim, joined the exciting performance, singing two songs with the choir. President of the Female Faculty Association and Director of the Office of Physical Education, Shu-hsiao Feng, expressed, “Even though my field of expertise is exercise, it’s important to express life through voice, love and music. This is why I founded the TKU Female Faculty Association Choir.” The performance included a total of 26 songs that utilized sweet sounds, humor and cultural dance to invigorate the audience. President Chang even described the meaning and history of some of the songs to allow the listeners to enjoy mental imagery along with the relaxing harmony.
On June 5 (Sunday) Tamkang University held the 2015-16 graduation ceremony in the Shao-mo Memorial Gymnasium. President Flora Chia-I Chang hosted the event as other special guests attended including President of Chung-ang University of Korea, Chang-soo Kim, Alumni and Director of the Board of TKU Alumni Association, Ding-chuan Chen, Ambassador of Tuvalu, Minute Alapati Taupua, Former TKU Presidents Yea-hong Chen, Yun-shan Lin and Horng-jinh Chang along with directors and professors of all departments. This year’s graduating students totalled to around 7,200, including 428 international students from 53 countries. The ceremony began with the traditional final campus tour as students marched around campus viewing sites for the last time as students. When they arrived to the gymnasium, the senior students played a documentary film that captured unforgettable moments of the year, followed by a music video and live dance performance. During President Chang’s address, she encouraged students to pass the principles and spirit of TKU into their lives and future careers. She also described the TKU educational foundation, which includes an internationally oriented, information-oriented and future-oriented academic program that consists of qualities such as good-conduct, wisdom, physically-fitness, teamwork and beauty. Ding-chuan Chen presented special awards to Yu-pei Ma of the Department of Mass Communication, Han-ming Wu of the Department of Mathematics, Yi-ren Wang of the Department of Aerospace Engineering, Sheng-xiong Zhang of the Department of International Business Management, Yu-jun Lin of the Department of Accounting and Jing-yin Xie of the Department of English. Students Rui-tian Wu, Ming-shao Wang, Yan-ling Chen and Yue-kuang Chen, performed the song “You Raise Me Up.” The environment was beautifully decorated as many students gave flowers to their professors for their dedication and knowledge.
On Jun. 4 Lanyang Campus held its 8th graduation ceremony at the Shao-mo Memorial Activity Center with a total of 232 graduating students, including 26 international students from 17 countries. The event was hosted by President Flora Chia-I Chang and included honored guests: Ambassador of the Republic of Kiribati, Teekoa Luta, Ambassador of the Republic of the Marshall Islands, Frederick Muller, Ambassador of the Republic of Nauru, Ludwig Dowong Keke, Ambassador of the Republic of Nicaragua, William M. Tapia, Ambassador of the Republic of Palau, Dilmei Louisa Olkeriil, Ambassador of Saint Lucia, Hubert Emmanuel and Ambassador of the Democratic Republic of Sao Tome and Principe, Antonio Quintas Do Espirito Santo. In President Chang’s address she focused on the special attributes of Lanyang Campus including the English instruction programs, study abroad programs and the residential college, remarking on how these three properties play crucial roles in the development successful students. She then encouraged graduating students to take the founding ideologies of Tamkang University, being the Three Circles (professional, core and extracurricular) and Five Disciplines (conduct, intelligence, physical education, teamwork and beauty) and absorb it into their lives for a prosperous future. Ambassador William M. Tapia, expressed a special thanks to the international students, encouraging them to take the knowledge back to their countries for development and to create an international bridge of cooperation. Special awards were then presented to students for remarkable performance including an international award, leadership award, academic credit award and outstanding performance award.
The Center for Learning and Teaching held the “Good Study and Share Week” from May 23 to 27 at the Black Swan Exhibition Hall. The event was designed to allow teachers and students to experience a study center with the reversal of the positions of learning and teaching while displaying achievements of this new-age academic study method. Students and teachers were able to observe the success of the program in three themes: My Teacher is Different, My Learning is Different and My Teaching is Different. Executive Director of the Center for Learning and Teaching, Hui-ling Pan, expressed, “Under the revolutionary wave of education for the 21st century, methods of learning are changing all over the world. Evidence of effective learning has the roles of studying and teaching slowly reversing. In order to stay on page with the international world, the Center for Learning and Teaching is adopting this concept to restructure the culture of academics in Taiwan. Flipped classrooms, long-distance learning and student independent learning are all parts of this week’s display, giving observers a chance to peer into the future of academics.” The forum consisted of various parts of new academic learning: voice, my teacher is different, self study, my learning is different, make an appointment with new self, the experience corner, software self-study and the reflection corner. Each area shared unique aspects of the exciting new learning styles, which allowed students and teachers to learn through practical interaction. In short, the teachers would challenge the students with ideas and concepts then have students explain the lesson after given time for research.
Faced with issues of a baby-bust and aging-generation, in addition to the increase of international academic competition, private universities in Taiwan must ally together to pool resources and meet with the increasing challenges of Taiwan’s modern society. This unification will also increase student study options, versatility and adaptability. Tamkang University, Chinese Culture University, Shih Hsin University, Soochow University, Ming Chuan University, Fu Jen Catholic University, Taipei Medical University Hospital and Shih Chien University formally signed the U9 League agreement on May 24, initiating a cross-campus, cross departmental cooperation. President Flora Chia-I Chang expressed, “All participating universities are over 50 years old with a variety of fields of study including science, business, farming, medical, media, foreign language, social studies, education, environmental studies, art and design. Each school has its speciality that will allow us to develop a more abundant form of education through cooperation, exchanges and interaction. This rich educational platform ensures that future alumni of universities of the U9 League will become powerful personnel of the future career world.” In the future, students of the U9 League will not have restrictions related to their field of study or campus. For example a student studying law at Soochow University can also major in food management at Shih Chien University. The nine institutions will also promote international study allowing students to take part in international courses. The objective is diverse education in all aspects, breaking boundaries for a new future of learning. For more information see link (u9.tku.edu.tw).
A young boy from the back of the mountains of Tai Tung, Wei-been Yu, was the first in his family to graduate from a university. 20 years later, the Tamkang University alumni became founder and president of the board of the best semi-conductor verification industry in Asia: Integrated Service Technology (IST), worth more than 5,000,000,000 NT. On May 24 in the Chueh-sheng International Conference Hall a ceremony was held honoring President Yu’s generous donation of a Dual-beam FIB (focused Ion Beam) to the university, worth over 10,000,000 NT. FIB is a technique used particularly in the semiconductor industry for site-specific analysis, deposition, and ablation of materials. President Flora Chia-I Chang expressed, “Originally students had to use TEM (Transmission Electron Microscopy) for analysis and this Dual-beam FIB will make things considerably more convenient for research purposes. We are very grateful to IST for their contribution to stop global warming. We want to give more to our students than just academic skills. It’s my wish that they use their knowledge to make the world a better and safer place.” President Yu expressed, “I was just an ordinary boy from Tai-tung and the first time I had ever been on a train, it was to come to TKU for study. All of the fundamentals gathered to create IST came from this university. For this reason, I am pleased to show my gratitude and support for the future of this excellent institution.”
Teachers and students of Tamkang University’s College of Liberal Arts have explored into the abundant history, culture and beauty of the Tamsui region and shared their findings via video documentary to showcase the one-of-a-kind landscape. 8 documentaries were filmed and featured at the Sanzhi District Office New Taipei City for the “4th Tamsui Documentary Achievement Exhibition” on May 21 (Sat). Dean of the College of Liberal Arts, Sinn-cheng Lin, expressed, “The objective of this project was to allow students to use professional filming skills and techniques to give people a close look at the Tamsui Region in terms of culture, history, industry and innovation related to people, places and things. The preceding three years were Great Tamsui Figures, Tamsui Food Products and Tamsui Landscapes. This year the topic is Beneficial History, which refers to collecting reliable historical accounts from the local people. The 8 documentaries filmed have a very fresh and untamed perspective that people will really enjoy.” The documentaries consisted of artists, pastimes, cultural services, various innovations, academic institutions, literature and up-close interviews. The students utilized their professional knowledge, putting together stories of heritage for 8 months. In addition to receiving training for the film project, they also had to improve their communication skills and understanding of a very different lifestyle. The students did their best to make a personal connection with the participants of their film, becoming the first learners of their documentary experience. Third-year student, Xin-yao Jiang expressed, “It’s really admirable looking into lifestyles filled with such endurance and persistence. For their generation, they used the railroad to go to school, to the country or even visit family. It was much more than transportation, it is its own culture. All of their memories are tied to the railway.”
President Flora Chia-I Chang and Vice President Wan-chin Tai travelled to Shanghai for an exchange at Shanghai Jiao Tong University (SJTU) and sister school East China Normal University (ECNU) from May 16-17. On May 17 President of SJTU, Jie Zhang welcomed the TKU representatives personally and both parties shared concepts of university governing methods and practical implications of policies. In addition, they planned student exchanges, signing an agreement to send 10 students for international study per year. President of ECNU, Jun Chen, met with the TKU delegation and they decided to bring their relationship into a more intricate form of cooperation. President Chang met with exchange student Taiwanese exchange students currently studying at ECNU for insight to carry out future exchanges. SJTU was founded in 1896 initially given the title Chiao Tung University. Its many academic achievements has given it a prestigious reputation, ranking it as 4th among universities in China.ECNU was founded in 1951 and has been ranked in the top 3 in mainland China of regular universities. TKU and ECNU became sister universities in 2003.
Have you wanted to try a new restaurant or shopping place, but were unable to find the location due to heavy rain? How do we find our way around a new area when there are so many distracting factors that can occur? Tamkang University’s 7 departments related to information and communication have been researching ways to make life more convenient for everyone. They aim to share their experience and information they’ve studied including mass data analysis, cloud operations, cultural innovation and smart technology to make things even simpler for the average consumer. On May 18 (Thur) in the “2016 Information and Communication Week Associate Display” was held in the Student Activity Center. Director of the Department of Information and Communication, Chin-hwa Kuo, expressed, “The event contained a collection of interconnected enterprises and products online including information related to transport, operations, medical needs, smart tech environments, personal and social services. The seven departments: Information Engineering, Information and Broadcasting, Electrical and Computer Engineering, Information Management, Educational Technology and Information Innovation and Technology shared information of the local enterprises through multiple forms of media including digital content, apps, cloud, interconnected web networks and mass data analysis to enlighten participants of the continual developing technical methods, business management practices and innovative trends of development. The Information and Communication Week display consisted of 28 competing teams and 34 displays of 5 companies. The event encouraged students in areas of research and development, software innovation and versatile practical applications of data. One such display, “Umbrella Pirate Installation,” was organized by team captain, Ya-kang Zhang, who expressed, “We used the Arduino bluetooth software to allow users to find their interests through using Easy Traveler and Google Maps. It helps them make a clear itinerary, find locations easily and even parking when visibility is an issues.”
The College of Liberal Arts’ Department of Information and Communication, Chinese Literature, History, Information and Library Science and Mass Communication held the 35th Annual Liberal Arts Week starting from May 16. Vice President of Academic Affairs, Huan-chao Keh, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts,Sinn-cheng Lin, Dean of the College of Science, Zi-cong Zhou, Dean of the College of Engineering, Chii-dong Ho, Dean of the College of Business and Management, Chien-liang Chiu and Dean of the College of Foreign Languages and Literature, Hsiao-chuan Chen, cut the ceremonial ribbon together, officially setting the event in action. Vice President Keh expressed during his opening statement, “The current age of technology is changing our learning environment on the daily basis. The College of Liberal Arts is taking advantage of the e-writing programs and will thoroughly implement and display the achievements of research and study.” Vice President Keh anticipates that the five departments of the College of Liberal Arts will blend technological education and culture to renew the spirit of innovation. Dean Lin gave his blessing for Liberal Arts Week while confirming the success of the blend of tradition with modern age concepts. Liberal Arts Week consisted of displaying the 5 departments’ professional, innovative and industrial achievements: the Department of Chinese showcased the children’s literature that taught professional knowledge and services as well as poems and drawings; the Department of History introduced the impact of Alexander the Great and Greek culture; the Department of Information and Library Science displayed digital designs and study methods; the Department of Mass Communication gave a detailed account of student achievements and performance; and the Department of Information and Communication put forth innovative digital academic programs and results.
Tamsui is a location that is thriving with history, trade and culture. Tradition and heritage are the trademark of this New Taipei City area. In 2002, the government titled it as a “Potential World Heritage Site in Taiwan.” Tamsui along with other locations that have earned this esteemed title have attracted lots of tourist attention in the last 10 years, offering a new experience for visitors. In order to give feedback to the Tamsui community while bringing local resources to campuses and spreading cultural knowledge to students, the Ministry of Education has implemented the “People, Culture and Science Education- International View Project.” This plan has already awarded subsidies leading to the development of sending a science education vehicle to isolated areas around Taiwan. It also lead to the publication of a tourism book of the local region that was translated into six different languages. In order to give the world a closer look at the People, Culture and Science Education project, a forum was held in Chueh-sheng International Conference Hall on May 13. In attendance was Tamsui Official, professors, media personnel and related key figures. Host of the event, Tamkang University’s Vice President of Academic Affairs, Huan-chao Keh, expressed, “This project will involve the College of Liberal Arts, College of Sciences and College of Foreign Languages and Literature providing their unique expertise in promotion of three parts: Cultural Education, Science Education and International Identity. The College of Liberal Arts will utilize the resources of both the campus and the city to create culturally-related academic-industry courses, providing fundamental data through innovative methods. It will also peer deep into the artistic and historical realm of the northern region. In addition, the College of Science will continue to promote science through the use of mobile transport to teach knowledge in the more isolated areas. Lastly, the College of Foreign Languages and Literature will use 6 languages in the promotion of new courses related to communication skills and translation.”
News stories have really picked up in intensity both inside and outside of Taiwan in the last few years. There are stories of drug-related issues, kidnappings, terrorist organizations, stabbings and more. Senior students of the Department of Mass Communication have selected these intense stories as the theme for their graduation achievement display that took place from May 6-8 at the Song Shan Cultural Park. On May 10 the display will be brought to Tamkang University’s Black Swan Exhibition Hall. The theme has been titled “Born to be Wild.” It refers to an ideal of Tamkang University’s 30 years of collecting data for news that is connected and unbiased. Event Organizer of the graduation achievement display, Lo Tsai, expressed, “The title of this event points to the fact that we will not be restrained as we seek to give a continual stream of media that impacts our lives. In step with the operations of the Cultural Park’s Campus Connection, we’ve gathered a versatile surplus of achievements to share with the rest of the world. It consists of awards given for filming, editing and telling of stories that have better helped us face issues of modern society.” In recent years the Taiwanese community has becoming increasingly uneasy. On the news there is a constant stream related to drug incidents and drug abuse. Statistics point out that 1 in every 100 persons is a drug abuser. 6 students of the Department of Mass Communication: Jia-ying Hu, Qi-hua Zhang, Qi-ting Cent, Xin-yan Liu Yi-ru Chen and Feng-shi Lin have made their documentary titled “Embrace” to enlighten people on the dangers of a lifestyle involving drugs. Their project, in addition to works of other diligent students of the department will make for an exciting and informative academic display.
In order to raise knowledge regarding science in Taiwan, the Ministry of Science and Technology is adopting a strategic approach, promoting innovation into educational science. For the sake of this objective, from May to June of 2016 a series of 10 events will be held in various places in Taiwan for what is being deemed as “People’s Science Week.” The plan consists of TKU and 15 other academic institutions in cooperation with the Taiwan Railway in order to smoothly and efficiently pass the knowledge of science around the entire island. The train began its journey starting from Taipei on May 3 and is estimated to return within 4 days. Tamkang University’s College of Science was responsible for the portion of activities that took place at Banqiao Station; beginning with a warm invigorating welcome while providing scientific performances in both the station as well as the passenger cars. Director of the Center of Science Education, Chang-bo Wang, expressed, “People’s Science Week began at the beginning of April, holding events to promote science to the many remote areas of Taiwan. By way of the train, we will be able to make a trip from Ban Qiao, Tao Yuan, Xin Zhu, Miao Li, Tai chung, Zhang Hua, Nan Tou, Yun Lin, Jia Yi, Tainan City, Kao Hsiung, Ping Dong, Tai Dong, Hua Lian, Yi Lan and Ji Long. It’s estimated that it will return to Taipei on May 6.”
There are so many privileges that become easily overlooked because we a born with them. Gifts such as sight, hearing: walking or talking, are all sensations that many people are born without. How would you explain sound to someone who has never heard before? Four graduating students have taken it upon themselves to create a new method of “listening” that would allow the hearing impaired to “sense” sounds visually. Students of Tamkang University’s Department of Information and Communication: Guan-yu Chen, Xuan-ting Zhang, Ding-yi Chen and Fan-xiu Lin make up the graduation team “Awakening” and have been working on a project that would allow people to see sounds since Oct. of last year. Team captain, Fan-xiu Lin, expressed, “We’ve been working with the teachers and students of the Taipei School of the Hearing Impaired for this activity. We have been interacting with the students while using different media platforms to better understand how they would imagine sounds visually and brought a variety of instruments and tools to assist us.” Initially, Awakening discovered that many of the students were unwilling to participate in certain activities so they had to be very patient in their communication. The group used MV and Line to illustrate sign language while explaining song lyrics and asking the feelings of participants at particular points. Finding that often times sign language moved too quickly to capture the intended feeling, they used pop up visuals during the video in order to enhance the visual effects. Fan-xiu Lin expressed that the project was very rewarding and it was an honor to make new friends. The encounter was filmed and made into a documentary that was later displayed at the Electronic Stream Graduation Gallery. Director of the Department of Information and Communication, Chien-yu Sun, expressed, “The graduation activity display was held from Apr. 25 to Apr. 29 and was themed Electronic Stream. We wanted to encourage students to use innovative forms of broadcasting and media regarding every aspect of life in order to express new ideas and concepts.”
Currently Tamkang University has developed a significant foundation in terms of Mainland Chinese Alumni Organizations: Guangdong, Huadong, Huabei, Macau and Xiamen. In order to keep relations tightly-knitted in southern China, President Flora Chia-I Chang was invited to attend a banquet regarding the Huanan Alumni Association Conference from Apr. 24-26. She brought a delegation that included Vice President of Administration, Yi-jen Hu and Executive Director of the Office of Alumni Services and Resources Development, Chun-young Perng. Chun-young Perng expressed, “This type of activity is really great for deepening roots and expanding resources for all university members. It’s my hope that TKU alumni continue to help each other as we spread the spirit of the university around the globe.” The evening consisted of alumni leaders such as President of TKU Alumni Association Huabei, Guo-dong Yang; President of TKU Alumni Association Huadong, Su-hua Hong; President of TKU Alumni Association Hong Kong, Ya-kam Yip; President of TKU Alumni Association of Macau, Jia-yin Zhang and the Alumni Association of Malaysia, totalling to 70 honored guests. During the event a total of 1,680,000 NT was contributed towards the construction of the Shou Chien International Conference Center.
The Chueh-sheng Memorial Library in cooperation with the College of Foreign Languages and LIterature configured the second floor into a book display themed “When Shakespeare Met Cervantes” for World Book and Copyright Day (Apr. 23). Not only does the display showcase literature of the two artists, it also consists of studies related to places that the two artists had traveled to including Italy, Denmark, Rome, Balkans and other related themes of literature, culture, travel and history. Dean of the College of Foreign Languages and Literature, Hsiao-chuan Chen, expressed, “It’s already been 400 years since these great artists have passed. The Department of English and the Department of Spanish collaborated to let young learners see these important historical works with fresh eyes to broaden their horizons.” The official opening of the display took place on Apr. 25 at noon in the Chueh-sheng Memorial Library. English treats and tea were served along with Spanish cookies, juice-wine and other delicacies. Hsiao-chuan Chen expressed, “The works of these two artists has forever impacted the shape of the world.” Professors of the Department of Spanish and English held discussions related to translations, food, film and literature of the two artists as participants went deep into their exploration of the art world. One participant, student of the Department of Japanese, Qiao-yu Lai, expressed, “It’s great that TKU would hold this exhibit. It really helps inspire creativity.”
Media and information continue to change shape throughout each generation. Even though newspapers still use a traditional paper format to tell stories, they are faced with many challenges to modify and adapt to the digital age. News industries and universities all over the world meet with this challenge by taking on electronic formats, cell phone apps, multiple languages and to keep up with the new age readers. Tamkang Times has continued to provide news for 63 years and every year it takes on more modifications to stay up-to-date with the information age, giving students and university members the latest stories. On Apr. 23 (Saturday) on Tamkang Campus, Tamkang Times held a tea party to celebrate its 1000th edition. President Flora Chia-I Chang expressed, “Tamkang Times has provided information on the latest changes for the last 63 years here on campus. It even keeps tabs on the latest global events, influential ideas and current trends. The hard work of the Tamkang Times members along with university students and alumni have played a crucial role in the raising of our academic standing. This special paper has contributed to the strengthening of our campus and spreading of the spirit of TKU.” Director of Tamkang Times, Yu-pei Ma, expressed, “In 63 years Tamkang TIme has covered every type of story and incident. As the the form of relaying information began to change, the paper was met with challenges of adapting to an ever changing industry. We had to become functional for the digital age and place our articles online for easy access. Not only do we now provide diverse stories, but we also provide more versatile options when it comes to viewing our news network.”
Director of the Office of General Affairs,Shiaw-shyan Luo, explained that during Academic Observation Week more walkways, rest chairs and space for club activities were designed for the Business and Management Building to make life more convenient for students. There will also be more innovations to make the walkways greener, more exciting and more enjoyable for teachers and students alike. In addition, more provisions will be made for disabled persons and a mobile vendor will be added to make food more accessible. Second-year student of the Department of Industrial Economics, You-xing Li, expressed, “The new walkway and environment is a beautiful space that can be utilized for many purposes. First-year student of the Department of Resources Management, Meng-zhe Li, expressed, “If the vehicles in the area are reduced, it will certainly feel more comfortable.” After cancelling the renovations for a parking lot on the northern part of the building, 70 new parking spaces were added to the western part of the science hall. (Article written by Bi-yun Liu) Picture:Director of the Office of General Affairs,Shiaw-shyan Luo, explained that during Academic Observation Week more walkways, rest chairs and space for club activities were designed for the Business and Management Building to make life more convenient for students.
Well known actress and Tamkang University alumni of the Department of French, Lun-mei Gwei, expressed in an interview, “For my junior year at the university I travelled to France to study abroad for a year. It was the beginning of my need to seek out all of the diverse treasures that the world has to offer.” She stated that her wish was to one day travel to another unfamiliar place to once again capture that enticing feeling of learning a new language, culture and lifestyle. She highlighted that it is the most effective way for young people to grasp an understanding of the world. In order to enhance international learning for the youth of Taiwan, the Ministry of Education is promoting the “Improving Young Student Mobility Plan” from 2016-2019 which will be executed by the College of Education for the purpose of improving student global perception in terms of communication skills, adaptability, professional skills and practical application. Dean of the College of Education and project planner, Dian-fu Chang, expressed, “All around the world, enrollment numbers of international students is rising. However, beginning from 2009, Taiwan hasn’t seen any significant growth in terms of students studying abroad. Every year the Ministry of Education provides funding related to international study and through a unified effort, there is sure to be positive results.” Firstly, the Improving Young Student Mobility Plan will consist of 15 workshops that will take place in the northern, middle, southern and eastern regions of Taiwan. The workshops consist of teacher training and the first of these events took place on Apr. 12 in the Chueh-sheng International Conference Hall. The second part of the plan, scheduled for the beginning of Nov., is an achievement exhibition that will include descriptions of successful projects, achievement displays and a short film activity. During the first workshop, Director of the Department of Diplomacy and International Relations, Chin-mo Cheng, expressed, “Global Mobility has become an important criteria for the future of education in higher learning all over the globe. In addition to broadening the perspective of students, it also improves foreign language skills, strengthens international competitive ability and plays an important role with people of the community.”
In step with Tamkang University’s 66th Anniversary, the Department of Japanese invited last year’s winner of the Naoki Literary Award, Akira Higashiyama, to give a lecture on Mar. 29 themed, “Before Becoming an Author.” Akira Higashiyama is a Taiwanese born, Japanese descendant who has written 23 books, including a novel based on the renowned comic, “Naruto.” The success of his story “Flow” made him the third Taiwanese born citizen to be awarded the Naoki Literary Award. The content of this book follows the history of Taiwan, discussing the Civil War and other important historical events. Event organizer and Associate Professor of the Department of Japanese, Chun-young Perng, expressed, “This book received great praise in Japan even though many readers are not familiar with the history of Taiwan. Readers felt it was extremely well written and inciteful. It’s quite a treat to be able to have such an honored guest speaker.” Akira Higashiyama grew up loving sports, movies and music. While he was attending university, he loved to travel so he ended up reading many different types of literature. After graduating in 1991, he worked at an aviation company in Tokyo for a year. Because of the pressure of the job, he was recommended by a friend to return to school and get his masters. He received his masters at the nearby Southwest University. He then went to Ji Lin University in China to get his Phd. In the year 2000 his first son was born before he had completed his studies. He worked part time at a restaurant and also as a part time translator. Even with so much pressure, he said that when he began writing novels, he felt very peaceful. He stated that after his son became more independent, he started writing professionally. He then decided that writing was the path most necessary, for it helped him grabbed onto the reader’s soul and really make a difference in life.