National Cheng Kung University (NCKU), southern Taiwan, hosts an opening
ceremony of the Taiwan-United States Sister Relations Alliance (TUSA)
Summer Scholarship Program on July 1 to welcome the students coming from
America. Most of them are first time to Taiwan.
A total of 39 American students from 38 states with 33 universities
participate in the TUSA program from July 1 to August 22, according to
Wang Wei-Yung, dean of College of Liberal Arts, NCKU, who attended the
ceremony and extended his warm welcome to the students.
John Yeh representing the executive committee of TUSA program attended
the ceremony and said, "I hope they will have a successful summer not
only learning Chinese but learning about Taiwan culture and making
friends in the program and outside the program."
"I've never been to Taiwan before so I'm really excited about the
activities outside the classroom as well as getting to know some
Taiwanese students, eating the food which I hear is great, traveling
some, learning about the culture and the history," according to
Shoshana A. Schoenfeld is a 19-year-old student from University of
Chicago coming to NCKU to study Chinese. She said, "I'd really like to
learn more Chinese and hopefully learn a lot about Taiwan and people
To create closer friendships and understanding between the people of the
United States and the people of Taiwan, the student ambassadors from the
states will participate in a series of Mandarin (Chinese) language
class, cultural learning, cultural tours, and lectures.
The program will cover language classes with a total of 120 hours,
according to the Chinese Language Center at NCKU.
Also, the students will participate in 14 cultural courses including
Taiwanese culture introduction, Chinese painting, Chinese Opera, Chinese
cuisine, seal engraving, and tea ceremony.
Trips to historical and ecological sites in Tainan, the National Palace
Museum in Taipei, Tzu Chi Senior High School in Hualien, and Kaohsiung
are also included.
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