On Tuesday, June 7, 2016…

I am starting to understand what is universal. Even though I always considered myself progressive and open-minded, I realized that I was much influenced by my early life experience and was very conservative when it comes to democracy and human rights. Through meeting and interacting with Taiwanese students, I have a much stronger appreciation and attention for Chinese culture, politics and universal values.

As for my research, I have interviewed more students from National Chengchi University and around fifteen students from National Taiwan University (NTU) and attended an international conference on cross-strait relations. NTU is the best college in Taiwan and the students there are extremely well informed about politics. I was also very lucky to be able to interview the assistants of legislators and many other interesting people.

I have shifted my focus to analyzing the interview data that I have collected since my interview data has reached a status of saturation. Because I had not taken any methodology or data analysis class, I borrowed several books about analyzing qualitative data, and will mainly use grounded theory. I have been invited me to give a presentation about what I have learned through my research, and I look forward to getting feedback from professors of the field.

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