AIT, NSYSU to open 'American Dream' exhibition in Taitung
CNATAIPEI -- The stories of Taiwanese citizens and what they went through to realize their dreams of studying in the United States will be on display at a new exhibit in Taitung, the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT)'s Kaohsiung branch announced yesterday.
September 11, 2013, 12:11 am TWN
The AIT, which represents U.S. interests in Taiwan in the absence of official ties, is working with National Sun Yat-sen University (NSYSU) to put on the exhibit at the National Museum of Prehistory in Taitung, starting Sept. 12.
Titled “The American Dream: Stories of Taiwan Residents who Studied in the United States,” the exhibit aims to trace the contributions that Taiwanese students have made to their country after returning home, the AIT said in a press release.
Some prominent examples include President Ma Ying-jeou, former President Lee Teng-hui, and author Yu Kwang-chung, each of whom earned degrees from the U.S. before pursuing their respective careers in Taiwan.
While many Taiwanese students seek educations abroad, the overwhelming favorite destination in the past has been the United States However, getting there can be difficult.
Prospective students have to prepare funds for their studies before undergoing a thorough interview with a U.S. official to get a visa — an experience described at length at the exhibit, among others.
The exhibit is set to run through Nov. 24.