I am a PhD student in the program. My research interests are to explore how Taiwan’s sociopolitical and economic conundrum shapes Taiwanese bodies using biocultural theories of embodiment. Whether Taiwan is a nation or not is a complicated question that the citizens are seeking to answer. This undetermined national status is increasingly marginalizing Taiwan from participating in global organizations and events whose memberships are often reserved for “nations” only Consequently, global exclusion and isolation are becoming a concern of national importance that, I suspect, are transformative of Taiwanese people’s bodies.
I received my M.A from Southern Illinois University in the field of Applied Linguistics in2015. I was looking at the changes in the linguistic hierarchy in relation to the making of Taiwanese identity among the Han ethnic majority.