The Global Taiwan Institute was pleased to host an event on US-Taiwan public diplomacy, in cooperation with the American Councils for International Education. This public seminar focused on US policy regarding educational and cultural exchanges with Taiwan, the importance of Taiwan’s values to the United States, and exchange programs in Taiwan that are available for American students. Taiwan is a democracy and an increasingly diverse nation full of Chinese culture. This seminar encouraged American students to consider studying abroad in Taiwan and experiencing Taiwan in its own right. A handout was provided for attendees on the available study abroad programs, and is also available on our website.
James Lee, Deputy Representative from the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the United States, provided opening remarks and highlighted opportunities funded by the Taiwan government for American students such as the Huayu and Taiwan scholarships, as well as the Mosaic Fellowship. Dr. Robert Sutter discussed Taiwan’s soft power and values and why it matters to the United States. Lisa Heller, Director of the Office of Public Diplomacy, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs at U.S. Department of State, provided an overview of US policy towards Taiwan, specifically on public diplomacy efforts. Finally, Andrew McCullough, Assistant Project Director for the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) at the American Councils for International Education, discussed the organization’s role in expanding and implementing public diplomacy initiatives through the State Department’s and American Councils’ own education exchange programming in Taiwan.