385. Grand Opening of the Center for Taiwan Studies at UCSD | 05/2023

Grand Opening of the Center for Taiwan Studies at UCSD

We are delighted to announce the grand opening ceremony of the Center for Taiwan Studies at UCSD, which took place on May 6, 2023. The ceremony was attended by distinguished guests, including Dr. Chiu-Shan Chen’69 (陳秋山 博士) and his wife Rufina Chen, the generous donors who established the center with a $5 million endowed gift; Professor Ping-hui Liao, the founding director and inaugural Chuan Lyu Endowed Chair (川流講座) in Taiwan Studies; Professor Nancy Guy, the co-director of the center from the Department of Music; and Professor Cristina Della Coletta, the dean of the School of Arts and Humanities. The Center is also pleased to have the School Chancellor Pradeep Khosla, EVC Elizabeth Simmons, and the faculties led by Director General C.Y. Chi from the LA Taipei Economics and Culture Office (TECO) for the Center’s opening remarks.

(From Left to Right: Co-Director Dr. Ping-Hui Liao, EVC Elizabeth H. Simmons, Rufina Chen, Dr. Chiu-Shan Chen’69, Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla, Arts& Humanities Dean Cristina Della Coletta, Co-Director Dr. Nancy Guy. Photo Credit: Department of Arts & Humanities)

The Center for Taiwan Studies at UCSD aims to expand the cultural understanding of Taiwanese and Taiwanese Americans through interdisciplinary research, teaching, and outreach. The center provides a sustainable platform to grow collaboration and exchange between the U.S. and Taiwan, increase visibility in university Taiwan-centered projects, encourage student engagement across disciplines in Taiwan studies, and offer grant support for faculty and graduate student research. The center also connects local and international communities with diverse events and programming to raise awareness of important social issues impacting Taiwan.

The grand opening ceremony featured speeches by the donors, the directors, and the dean, as well as a musical performance by Professor Guy and her students. We are grateful to have SANPUY (桑布衣), Aiyun Huang, Michael Jones, and Kosuke Matusda to perform excerpts from “A Thousand Sounds Towards Dawn” by Kuei-Ju Lin. Moreover, we are pleased to have the Formosan Generations Ensemble to performed famous Taiwanese pieces such as “Waiting for the Spring Breeze” (望春風) and “Dance from Lanyang” (蘭陽舞曲). The ceremony also showcased some of the center’s achievements and initiatives, such as the Taiwanese Americans Archives project, the Taiwan Studies Lecture Series, and the Taiwan Studies Book Talks.

(From Left to Right: Director of Taiwan Academy Te-Yuan Chien, TECO Education Director Rebecca Lan, Co-Director Dr. Ping-Hui Liao, Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla, EVC Elizabeth H. Simmons, Co-Director Dr. Nancy Guy, TECO Technology Director Chia-Yuan Chen, Arts& Humanities Dean Cristina Della Coletta. Photo Credit: TECO)

We thank everyone who attended the ceremony and supported the center’s mission. We look forward to working with you in the future to promote Taiwan studies at UCSD and beyond.


Source from the Center for Taiwan Studies at UCSD

Posted on 05/12/2023