Founder, Teach for Taiwan
Born in Taipei and raised in Taichung, Anting first came under the spotlight in 2008 when she received acceptances to both National Taiwan University and 10 top US colleges. She eventually chose to attend Princeton University, and published her story in a book titled, “I Boast in my Weaknesses”.
At Princeton Anting studied at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, and spent extensive time working on projects involving tent schools in Haiti, rural communities in Cambodia, mud houses in Ghana, slum districts in Paris, France, and juvenile correction facilities in US. While she volunteered, she kept asking herself, “I can help people in these places. How about helping the people in Taiwan?”
After graduating from Princeton in 2012, Anting worked at a management consulting firm in New York. She left this position to pursue her dream of establishing “Teach for Taiwan”, a new hope for Taiwan's education system.
Chairman of PChome Online Inc.
Hung-Tze Jan is the Chairman of PChome Online Inc., one of the top three internet portals in Taiwan. He is also the founder of PC Home Publications Group, and Cite Publishing Ltd., the largest publisher in Taiwan. Hung-Tze has over 30 years of experience in the media industry, from local newspaper and magazine brands such as United Press, China Times, and Business Weekly, to music and television companies such as Rock Records, and CTS. As chief editor or publisher, he oversaw the planning of over a thousand books and had launched over 40 different magazine titles such as PChome and Business Next.
Aside from print editing and publishing, Hung-Tze is also a celebrated writer, opinion leader, and a filmmaker. He is highly regarded for his creativity and insightful views on cultural trends and socio-economic issues. He has authored 14 books, and has produced nine movies.
Medical doctor, Dept. of Gastroenterology at Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine
Dr. Takeshi Kanno was on duty when the Great East Japan Earthquake struck the northeastern Japanese town of Minami Sanriku on March 11, 2011. Moments later, when a tsunami alert sounded, he immediately began to evacuate dozens of patients at Shizugawa Public Hospital to the highest floor. The wall of water quickly engulfed four floors of the hospital and flattened the town of nearly 18,000 residents. Dr. Kanno stayed by the side of surviving patients over the next two days and assisted with the helicopter evacuation effort until the last survivor was pulled to safety. A week later, he went back to the town and was committed to reconstructing medical system in the area.
Dr. Kanno was chosen as one of Time Magazine's 100 Most Influential People in 2011 for his heroic actions of saving the lives of citizens in the community. To this day, he continues to speak out on behalf of those living in the affected areas.
Dr. Kanno is currently a medical doctor of the Department of Gastroenterology at the Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine. His research focus is in the connection between psychological stress and peptic ulcer development.
Composer, DJ, Writer, Lecturer and Host of Radio Show
Liu Xuan lives and works at the intersection of many worlds: between East and West, art and academia, energetic dance music and mindful psychology. His multi-disciplinary works span essays, music productions, stage performances and DJ shows. A well-known radio personality in Taiwan, he is also known for his talents as a brand consultant and public speaker. He studied piano and composition from the Juilliard School, and holds psychology and education degrees from Harvard University.
As the protagonist of an immensely popular series of books written by his father in the late 1980s, Xuan’s daily life in a New York public high school became known to an entire generation of students in Taiwan and mainland China. Consequently, Xuan's life was propelled into the public spotlight, and has since served as a positive role model for teens who are discovering one's own passage in life.
Xuan himself is also the bestselling author of several essay collections. His latest work is an examination of the psychological underpinnings of luck.
Ying Ying Chung
International Champion Breeder of Koi
Born and raised in a wealthy family, Ying Ying Chung had planned to pursue a career and lifestyle in music and arts, yet the plan did not go as expected. A phone call at age 26 forced her to return home and take up the never-thought-before Koi breeding business in the hopes to alleviate the family debt. Currently as the general manager of Sing Chang Koi Farm, Ying Ying has accumulated over 11 years of experience in Koi breeding, yet she still humbly calls herself as a trainee at the Koi Farm.
As many traditional Taiwanese industries were facing growth stagnation, the Koi business was no exception. Ying Ying decided to try her luck in the international market, and brought her fish to compete in overseas exhibitions. After several adverse incidents and clashes with her competitors, Ying Ying managed to pull through. Now, known as the Queen of Taiwanese Koi, she was awarded with 4 Koi Championship titles, and 11 Koi related awards in Holland in 2010.
Ying Ying once said during an interview, ”I used to see eating the rib eye steak as the happiest time of my life, but now my happiness comes from challenging myself to the impossible.“
Amis Contemporary Artist
Yosifu is among the first Amis contemporary artists risen to international prominence. His projects are regularly featured in UK's largest visual art event: Edinburgh Art Festival. Throughout his years of involvement in international art festivals and art communities, Yosifu has been fiercely committed to promoting Taiwanese culture and Aboriginal art. His efforts can be seen in making aboriginal culture flourish in Europe as well as locally in Taiwan.
Yosifu has never received any formal trainings in creative art composition; his artworks are merely reflections of his artistically gifted nature. He creates each of his pieces based on his raw emotions, mixed with his impressions of the aboriginal tribe. The use of vibrant colors conveys his true personality -- bright, lively, and sincere. His sound and his messages of love for Taiwan, his homeland, can be seen in all of his projects.
Founder of Natural Way Children's School
Twenty years ago (1995), as a father who wishes to be there for his daughter throughout her childhood, Kuo-chun Tseng invited scholars, educators and experts from various fiends to join him in establishing Natural Way Children's School. Starting from 2009, he worked with partners in the fields of edcuation, architecture, culture, and arts to build a school in the Miaoli County, and Sanyi Planning area, where a heavy emphasis was placed on cultivating East Asian philosophies and traditions. The school is scheduled to be completed and opened in the year of 2015. Since 2012, Natural Way Children's School Foundation opened its Depan Education Branch in Beijing's Chaoyang District, and Peide International School in Beijing's Shunyi District. Through incorporating workshops, arts and literature, bookstores, seasonal kitchens, and art galleries, Kuo-chun Tseng hopes to educate the future generation on the modernism, uniqueness, and nationality of Asian culture at the Peide International Insitute.
Kuo-chun Tseng is currently the CEO and founder of (Hsinchu) Natural Way Children's School (Kindergarden, elementary, junior high) and Natural Way Six Arts Cultural Center.
Founder of ELIV International Service
From his many volunteer trips, Kevin Chen realized that simple actions such as digging or hauling wood can drastically change others' lives. He also found out that through helping others, one can also help one's own self. With this in mind, Kevin started ELIV International Service, a social enterprise that is dedicated to Empowering Lives through Innovative Volunteerism. Programs offered by ELIV are designed to focus on community development in specific underprivileged regions of the world. His first long-term project was to build a house in a remote slum village in Cambodia; although initially Kevin was the only volunteer on site, in less than three years, over 1,000 volunteers joined him in expanding this project.
Kevin believes that volunteering is a force of positive influence. The more volunteer efforts we see, the better the world will be.
Chief innovator of coffee grounds fabric, General Manager of Singtex
Kuo-Chin Chen was born in Homei, a town famous for cotton in the town of Chunghua, Taiwan. Kuo-Chin spent his childhood in piles of cotton, since he comes from a family with three generations in the quilt business. His father once said to him, “Create a business that gives warmth to people.” So, when Kuo-Chin turned 27, he started his own company, Singtex Industrial Company. The company initially started as a traditional textile company, but eventually switched over to making functional textile materials. In 2009, Singtex launched the world's first clothing made out of recycled coffee grounds and recycled bottles; such material is not only eco-friendly, but also UV-resistant, absorbs odor, and dries quickly. Singtex currently supplies to over 100 sports apparel name brands worldwide.
Kuo-Chin is currently the general manager of Singtex. He is involved in the company's efforts to preserve the “Four-spot Midget”, a species of damselfly in Wugu Wetland that is now in danger of extinction. In his spare time, he enjoys outdoor sports. He often encourages young entrepreneurs to keep putting forth more ideas and to pursue their dreams.
Business Director & Executive Producer of Digital Theatre, UK
Tom is the Executive Producer of all Digital Theatre and Digital Theatre Plus filmed productions and content, while also overseeing business affairs as a co-founder and Business Director of the company.
For over ten years, Tom has been a producer across a wide variety of media fields including live events, radio, broadcast, commercial video and film. Formally at Amnesty International, Tom worked in the creative team of the charity, managing a variety of initiatives and projects across the fields of literature, television, comedy, theatre and arts.
Prior to launching Digital Theatre, he co-founded a Soho production company that produced advertising, commercial and broadcast work.
Founder of Orange Market
In 1997, Jen-Tung Huang opened Taiwan’s first-ever organic supermarket, Orange Market, in Hsinchu Science Park. His goal was to introduce organic farming and healthier lifestyles to the people in Hsinchu.
Jen-Tung joined Homemakers Union Consumer Cooperative in 2008 as the general manager. He and members in this alliance aim to promote environmentally friendly farming through the principles of cooperative movement.
In 2014, Jen-Tung joined forces with Banmu-Tang, a team dedicated to the concept and implementation of sustainable design and living.
Irene Yen-Hsuan Shih
Design Director of Innovating Water
Irene Shih is a service designer with a passion for social innovation, design, and technology. Her dedication in this field comes from the belief that design is for everyone, for a better tomorrow. With a background in commercial and industrial design, she has recently completed a Service Design MA program at the Royal College of Art (RCA) in London. Innovating Water is her collaborative project during her study at the RCA. This project is a sustainable solar-UV water treatment system that provides children of Kenya safe clean drinking water as well as relevant educational programs.
To Irene, the world is her classroom; she is not an instructor in this classroom, but rather a faciliator for a better tomorrow.
Sport stacking World Champion
Ever since she was 12, Meng-Shin Lin wanted to become the world champion in sport stacking. She would practice stacking the cups until her hands were bruised, so that one day she may make her parents proud. At the age of 16, Meng-Shin became the first Taiwanese to snatch the gold medal in the 2013 World Sport Stacking Championship. She brought home the title that has made the hours of daily practices worthwile.
In 2013, Meng-Shin and Kuma Films traveled around Taiwan to record a film on sport stacking. The video proved to be very popular, as it garnered over 100,000 views on YouTube and was later featured in the 2013 Word Sport Stacking Championship. Meng-Shin became the ambassador for Taiwan's sport stacking team, the film enabled her to introduce Taiwan to hundreds of sport stackers around the world, but also to introduce sport stacking to the people of Taiwan.
Meng-Shin believes that no one but her alone can help her decide her fate. She will continue to pursue things that fascinate her, no matter how strange or obscure such interests are. She knows that with hard work and dedication, her efforts can help make Taiwan shine.
NCTU/UNICODE is the first Taiwanese team to enter the Solar Decathlon in Europe. Team members come from backgrounds of Architecture, Engineering, Science, and Management in Taiwan, all of whom are well-trained in their disciplines and skillful in their respective fields. NCTU UNICODE team is always in the search of exploring unlimited possibilities to collaborate with the environment in their works. The team completed their first Solar House prototype both in Taiwan and France. They entered to compete in the Solar Decathlon Europe 2014 for the first time, and won First Place for “Urban Design, Transportation and Affordability award (UDTA),” along with Second and Third Place for three other awards.
Sheng-Kai Sky Tseng serves as the Student Team Leader of NCTU/UNICODE, and Dr. June-Hao Hou serves as the Technical Advisor for the team.
Digital Naturalist, Startup Therapist and General Partner at HAXLR8R
Benjamin is General Partner at HAXLR8R, an accelerator based in Shenzhen, China for hardware device makers. As a seasoned veteran of the startup ecosystems in China, Japan, Korea, and USA, he has been giving advice to startups across Asia at over 200 events across 23 countries. He is originally from France and now shares his time between Shenzhen and hardware startup hot spots.
MOOC pioneer, Innovative educator
Benson Yeh is a EE Professor at National Taiwan University (NTU) with a great passion in teaching. His interest was deeply influenced by two role models: his father, Professor Sheng-Nian Yeh, and renowned NTU EE Professor Po-Wen Hsu. Benson grew up seeing how involved these role models were in students' lives, so he lives by the teaching philosophy: “by the students, for the students, of the students”. He believes that students can be motivated to learn if the teachers can share more responsibility with the students. One example is to let students design their own homework problems. Benson’s speeches have influenced many teachers to rethink their methods in teaching.
Benson also spends much of his time on student counseling. He is a frequent blogger who writes popular articles to help guide students on life and learning. He also spends much of his time on student counseling. He is a frequent blogger who writes popular articles to help guide students on life and learning.
Co-founder of Yuan Studio
Mr. Chiang Jung-Yuan was formerly involved in the creative writing and publishing industries prior to turning 40. At the peak of his career, Yuan showed signs of burning out, mentally and physically. Years of endless hypocrisy and falsehoods surrounding his line of work took a toll on him; as a result, his immune system weakened and he started to develop chronic skin problems. It was then that Yuan decided to alter his lifestyle by embracing a slower paced life that involves religion and qigong. His new rituals led him down to a different path of making handmade organic soaps that are therapeutic for the body.
In 2005, Yuan and his two younger brothers founded Yuan Workshop Co. The company uses the healing powers of natural ingredients from various regions of Taiwan to create a line of preservative-free soaps. Such products employ local talents to handmade and hand-pack. In the short span of three years, Yuan's products have gradually built up a base of clients in Asia, proving that an all-natural solution is healthy not only for the body and mind, but also for the local Taiwanese community.
Artistic Director of Tainaner Ensemble
As the Artistic Director of Tainaner Ensemble, Pao-Chang Tsai is often hailed as a creative genius with talents that span scriptwriting, directing, as well as acting. His stage play 'K24', structured in a miniseries format, was the first performance in Taiwan to debut as a six-hour long comedy. 'K24' received critical acclaim from reviewers in Taiwan and China, and was featured as the opening program in the 8th Chinese Drama Festival. Other screenplays by Pao-Chang include ”Quest & Amnesia, Episode I“, ”Mulan“, ”K24 Season One“, ”Re/turn“, as well as lyrics to the Kingston ad jingle ”It Was May“.
Pao-Chang obtained his Master's Degree in Music Theatre at the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, specializing in voice and speech. In recent years, he has been involved in a variety of education and outreach initiatives for schools and theatre community groups.
Professor, Department of Philosophy, National Taiwan University
Professor Jeu-Jenq Yuann is a faculty member of the Department of Philosophy at the National Taiwan University. His area of expertise is in philosophy of science and political philosophy. He has recently launched a popular course on Coursera titled, "Understanding the Greek Philosophy". This online course presents the core tenets of Western philosophical thinking and gives a holistic perspective of how ancient Greek ideas and concepts may be applied to address social challenges facing Taiwan today.
Professor Yuann is a proponent of applied philosophy in our current education curriculum. Throughout his talks and writings, he points out why philosophical studies is essential in our society today: Philosophy’s range encompasses ideas and issues in every domain of human existence. Philosophical training enhances our problem-solving capacities, our abilities to understand and express ideas, and our persuasive powers. By understanding the fundamental values of philosophy, Professor Yuann believes that everyone can develop not only philosophical skills and sophistications but also intellectual abilities that are readily applicable to pursuits of in other subject areas, even problems in everyday social or personal life.
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon
As an oral and maxillofacial surgeon, Dr. Ken-chung Chen has been providing primary care at a local hospital. He has seen numerous problems generated by the current National Health Insurance system in Taiwan. In particular, because of lower pay, longer work hours and higher risk of malpractice lawsuits, more and more physicians are opting for high-paying specialties rather than primary care. There is a severe shortage of staff in internal medicine, surgical, gynecology, pediatrics and emergency care. Dr. Chen wants to call out to all physicians to address this impending health crisis, so that everyone can help find ways to fix this problem.
Lian Hua Ho
Flamenco Dancer, Dance Therapist
Lian Hua Ho is one of the few dancers in Taiwan who can truly convey the spirit of flamenco dancing. Her rendition of flamenco is often infused with elements from contemporary dance. Her style is dramatic yet exquisite and alluring in portraying a woman's vulnerability in love.
Lian graduated from the National Taiwan University of Arts with a dance degree, and had studied at the Royal Academy of Dance in Spain. She is currently heads and choreographs for the Genio Dance Troupe. Lian has a dance studio in Tamsui and teaches dance at the Taitung Senior High School.
Eddy Yu & Hung Lam
Social Design Practitioner, Founders of I'mperfect concept
As founders of CoDesign, Eddy Yu and Hung Lam established CoLAB in 2011. CoLAB is a collaborative platform for social innovation through design. One of the CoLAB projects, So…Soap!, not only attracted wide coverage of local and international media, but has also won several prestigious awards including Bronze Pencil, Sustainability in Design, One Show 2011, New York and Grand Award, Design for Asia Awards 2011, Hong Kong.
In 2012, Eddy and Hung co-founded 3X with partners from Guangzhou, Beijing, Kuala Lumpur and Copenhagen to further explore design for social innovation on an international level. I’MPERFECT, powered by 3X, is a movement to promote appreciation of imperfection through creativity and design. The project has received Bronze Award, Design for Asia Awards 2012, Hong Kong; 2 Silver & 2 Bronze Awards (of which some were selected as Judges' Choice and Hong Kong Best), HKDA Global Design Awards, Hong Kong and Silver Award, Creative Circle Award, Denmark in 2013.
Circus artist and Handstand Performer
Mr. Candle is a circus artist who enjoys doing handstands around Taiwan.
His insistence: art can change the world.
His belief: create your own life, because that is real art.
His faith: art and society are independent yet intertwined.
Mr. Candle has a number of dreams he would like to accomplish. As an acrobatic artist, he wants to use photography and his artistic skills to drive Taiwan forward. He is also interested in finding out ways to increase awareness of local circus performers. Mr. Candle wants the entire world to see Taiwan, to introduce all things good and beautiful to Taiwan. Lastly, he hopes to change this world through art. Mr. Candle believes that nothing is impossible, as long as he sets his mind to it!
Novelist, Columnist, Host of Radio Talk Show
Tom Wang is a contemporary Taiwanese novelist, columnist, and a program host of News 98 FM Radio. He also serves as the founder of "Dream School", a company that offers corporate training and related workshops to enhance teamwork dynamics. Tom’s latest initiative, "Give and Take", is an online platform to help young people realize their dreams by matchmaking their needs to available resources.
Tom has an MBA Degree from Stanford University. Prior to his current projects, he was the Managing Director of MTV Taiwan, and helped co-found Taiwan’s first social ventures company, Flow Inc., with Trend Micro Chairman Steve Chang.
Jan K Rolnik
Curator, Arts Manager, Producer
Jan Rolnik is a lifelong seeker of new challenges and opportunities in the world of performing arts, arts management, cultural heritage mapping, lighting design and light art. His unique background in Financial Management and Aesthetics (Philosophy of Art) enables him to combine pragmatism and aestheticism in all of his projects.
Jan has been involved in various projects including Prague Quadrennial 2007, Theatre Architecture in Central Europe (book, exhibition, web database), Institute of Lighting Design Prague, the Prague lights festival SIGNAL, festival of stereoscopic video art Parallax, European Year of Intercultural Dialogue 2008 in The Czech Republic and many smaller projects. He is currently working on an interactive multimedia installation for Czech pavilion at EXPO 2015 in Milan.
Crowned winner of World Pastry Competition
Li-Che Chen is a Taiwanese pastry chef who grabbed the top prize in the 2014 World Pastry Competition with his magnificent chocolate display titled, “3D Reflection of Deep Blue Ocean”.
Li-Che specializes in handmade French pastries, in particular, handmade chocolates and chocolate art. He would often research recipe concepts and develop and test new recipes to push his creative boundary. Li-Che has been nicknamed the “Salvador Dali” of patisserie chefs, since his style ensures that any ingredient can be artistically and flavorfully balanced in his sweet concoctions. Desserts, to Li-Che, should be designed as visually pleasing art masterpieces that appeal to all five senses.
Do You A Flavor (DYAF) Co-founder
Kuan-Chen Chu has a sincere belief that everyone can make a difference in his or her community. As the “Do You A Flavor” co-founder, she has initiated two projects to get citizens involved. First project is the “Give Them to Ago Ama” website. This site will map out all destinations which recyclable goods can be deposited and collected by elders and those in need. The second project, “Stone Soup”, is a soup kitchen initiative that asks for excess food to be donated, cooked and served to the hungry.
Kuan-Chen and her Co-founder will continue to put forth more programs for helping the disadvantaged.
Co-founder of GaussToys
Howie Liang is a Networking and Multimedia PhD candidate at the National Taiwan University and works at the Institute of Information Science at the Academia Sinica. His field of study is in human-computer interaction, especially in the research of wearable devices and interactive technology.
Howie received a number of recognitions for his research area in human computer interaction. He was awarded Best Talk Award and Best Paper Honorable Mention Award at the ACM CHI 2014, the prestigious conference on human factors in computing systems. Other notable awards received include the Best Paper Award at the ACM CHI 2013.
Howie and his co-founders are currently working on a new start-up venture called GaussToys.
Pastor, Founder of Dream Home
Pastor Ian Lee is the founder of ”House of Dreams“, a non-profit organization for the youth and adolescents. The organization offers programs such as after-school studies, recreational activities, talent-building courses, and other counseling service to keep troubled and under-privileged teens involved. Under Pastor Ian's leadership, the group has grown to assist over 5,000 youths, with 400 attending House of Dream classes on a weekly basis. The organization was awarded the ”Best Non-Profit Educative Organization“ in the country by the President of Taiwan and was awarded the highest honor for youth services in the country - the ”2013 National Youth Contribution Award“ by the National Youth Commission.
Pastor Ian has a finance law background prior to his commitment in adolescent care. He travels within Taiwan and abroad to Hong Kong, Japan, South East Asia, UK and US to offer his experiences on youth support and development. At home, he is a family man who spends time with his adorable daughter.
Pianist, Director of Myanmar International Music Festival
Kaiyin Huang is an trained pianist and one of the contributing artists of 88 Concert Tours, a program that invests in various musical humanitarian projects around the world. Since 2008, 88 Concert Tours have visited Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Egypt and have hosted concerts in Cairo Opera House. In 2014, Kaiyin and 88 Concert Tours held the first ever music festival in Yangon, Myanmar, the Myanmar International Music Festival, that brought international musicians together with Myanmar's.
Regionally, 88 Concert Tours has performed in over 50 concerts under the ”Taiwan 88“ program to more than 13,000 students in Taiwan. The Taiwan 88 program aims to bring classical music concerts to schools all across Taiwan, especially rural areas.
Born in Taipei, Kaiyin gave her first performance at the National Concert Hall in Taiwan at the age of 14. She received her music degrees from the Juilliard School, the Yale School of Music, and her Doctor of Musical Arts from SUNY Stony Brook University. She has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and other renowned concert halls around the world. Kaiyin's musical talents have been praised by the Thisted Dagblad of Denmark as a pianist with “superb finesse, exceptional sound and technical control [that] were convincing and beautiful”.
Founder of Alice Wang Design
Alice Wang is the founder of Alice Wang Design. With a product design background from the prestigious Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in UK, Alice has also received a MA degree from the Royal College of Art in Design Interactions. Her works have been showcased in the Milan Furniture Fair, one of the three major exhibitions of international design community. In addition, she has been invited to participate in exhibitions in Asia, including China Reshaping History, Beijing's Today Art Museum, Shanghai Art Museum, to exhibits in Europe (Design Museum Holon in Israel, London Designers Week and others).
Alice lives by the motto: “You have only one life, one chance, to pursue your dreams. So go for it!” Even though many considers art or design an impractical career path, Alice is living her dreams and following her own destiny.
In his line of work, Victor Lu has told stories to over 10,000 kids in five years. He enjoys being a full-time storyteller, as many of his storytelling sessions are filled with infectious laughter from children of all ages. Once when a storytelling activity was scheduled at a pediatric oncology ward, Victor not only heard laughter from the kids with cancer, but also saw tears of joy from the adults. At that moment, he understood that storytelling is a great bonding tool for adults and kids alike.
Victor has taken his stories to hospitals, rural areas, nursery schools, orphanages and communities throughout Taiwan. He has also taken on a number of younger storytelling apprentices, to empower them with the gift of storytelling.
Zong-pei Fan is an accomplished cellist and soundtrack composer who has accomplished highly esteemed work in the fields of film, song, and television. His music arrangement in the TV drama, ”Crystal Boys“, was awarded the 15th Golden Melody Award prize in ”Best Pop Instrumental Album Award“ and the ”Best Sound Editing“ category of the Golden Bell Award. In 2014, Zong-pei has been nominated in the ”Instrumental“ category for the Independent Music Award, launching his music interpretations to an international level.
In recent years, Zong-pei has crossed over to producing and composing music for radio, television, theatre, and other forms of performances. He is always eager to try new ideas, new combinations, and new compositions. One may find him reinterpreting traditional Chinese Opera music, or visiting bookstores to find the latest inspirations.
Assistant Professor, Department of History, National Taiwan University
Professor Shih-Hao Lu is an Assistant Professor of History at the National Taiwan University (NTU). Known in NTU for his witty and articulate nature, he employed unconventional ways to inspire students to view and analyze Chinese history as a fun and relevant learning experience. Professor Lu launched the very first Chinese history course on Coursera titled "Historical Figures of Ancient China - First Emperor of Qin", which attracted more than 40,000 people to register. This class is currently the top-ranked online Chinese course on Coursera.
Instead of requiring his students to memorize facts and dates in history, Professor Lu encourages students to cultivate historical reasoning abilities, so that they understand that every historical perspective can be analyzed and assessed using the tools of critical thinking.
History is a study of "time" and "change". Studying history is to inspire one’s own wisdom through ancient wisdom. Professor Lu believes that even though knowledge changes over time, our world can be a better place only if individuals learn to adopt collective wisdom from others.
Buddhist Monk, Teacher, Medical Doctor
Dr. Barry Kerzin is a Buddhist monk, teacher, and a medical doctor. He is currently a faculty member of Mind and Life Institute and consults for the Max Planck Institute Leipzig’s research on training compassion. His brain was studied as part of research on long-term meditators at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and Princeton University.
Dr. Kerzin has lived in Dharamsala, India for 25 years providing free medical care to many high lamas, including His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and to the poor. He spends about 7 months annually teaching around the world in India, Japan, Malaysia, Mongolia, North America, Europe, Ukraine and Russia. He lectures on the interface of modern science and Buddhist psychology and philosophy, as well as secular ethics, compassion, wisdom, meditation, and death and dying, in medical schools and universities.
Professor, Department of Entomology, National Taiwan University
Professor En-Cheng Yang is an Entomology Professor at the National Taiwan University, specializing in the study of the nervous system and the optic nerves of insects. He has conducted a number of investigations on the correlation between missing bees and pesticides. In his experiments, Professor Yang uses infrared sensors and wireless technology to trace and record the whereabouts of honey bees. His studies reveal that the use of pesticides impairs a bee's nervous system, causing problems with navigation, learning and food collection. In the long run, systematic exposure to pesticides will lead to an ecological disintegration of bees.
Professor Yang calls for an increased awareness of the plight of bees, as well as a better understanding of how bees play a vital role in agriculture and in our environment. Another major concern derived from Professor Yang's findings is the issue of pesticide residue; he stresses the need for government to fund extended research on this topic in order to set adequate guidelines on acceptable levels of pesticide dosages. Ultimately, careful monitoring of pesticide usage will not only prove beneficial to bees, but also to humans and to our environment.
Chin Ai Elementary School Orchestra
Chin Ai Elementary School Orchestra
In a remote village up in the mountains, there is a group of children who are using music to pave the way for their future.
Elementary school teachers Tse-jian Wang and Pei-wen Chen are a husband-wife team who are the main driving force behind the legendary violin village in Renai Township of Nantou County, Taiwan. The couple has committed time and money to musical education over the past years. Tse-jian took out a bank loan to purchase materials to repair broken instruments, while Pei-wen gave students lessons on playing. They worked endlessly to make sure that students who have taken up the instrument have the opportunity to study and practice music beyond elementary school. In 2013, these music students was awarded first place in a county-wide music competition.
The couple even got the entire village involved in the violin village effort, since Tse-jian's violin making workshop has created many employment opportunities within the village. Each of the violins from Renai Township are made from local maple and spruce trees, and are uniquely decorated with intricate indigenous carvings. Many village residents thank the two teachers who have helped bring the entire community closer together.
Endowed Chair of Center for Creativity and Innovation Studies at National Chengchi University
Professor Jing-Jyi Wu is a well-respected scholar, writer, consultant, and speaker in the fields of educational psychology and performance arts. He currently serves as a board member on the Foundation for Scholarly Exchange (Fulbright Taiwan), an organization that administers the US Fulbright program in Taiwan. He also teaches at the Graduate Institute of Technology, Innovation & Intellectual Property Management at National Chengchi University, and under the Department of Education of National Chengchi University. His courses on educational psychology, creativity theory, interpersonal communication and teamwork, and leadership have benefited over thousands of students in Taiwan.
Professor Wu has also made significant contributions in promoting Taiwan's performance arts. He was one of the founding members of Taiwan's first amateur theatre, Lanling Experimental Theatre. In 1992, Professor Wu and his friends launched the Paper Windmill Theatre, a non-for-profit dedicated to producing and presenting performance art shows for children. Paper Windmill Theatre have since toured 319 townships of Taiwan and outlying islands to give free theatre performances to the children of these less prosperous areas.
Kuo-Chang Huang is a legal scholar and a dedicated activist of student movements, community movements, and the Sunflower Student Movement of 2014. As the Assistant Professor of the Law Department at National Cheng Chi University and an associate legal researcher at the Academia Sinica, Kuo-Chang also serves as the Assistant Professor of the Law Department at both the National Taipei University as well as the National Taiwan University. He specializes in civil procedure law (civil law enforcement, bankruptcy law), international litigation, evidence law, and areas involving legal empirical research. He has a bachelor's law degree from National Taiwan University, and master and PhD degrees from Cornell University.
Kuo-Chang was also a recipient of the Fulbright Scholar Award from US. Between 2010 and 2012, he was the president of the “Taipei Society”, an organization formed by liberal scholars of Taiwan aimed to facilitate social and political dialogues.
Formosa Circus Art
Formosa Circus Art
In 2014, Allen Lin and his MIX Acrobatics Threatre founded the Formosa Circus Art, a group appropriately named after Taiwan as it aims to bring its visually opulent, high-energy performance to the local Taiwanese audiences. Formosa Circus Art combines traditional artistry and contemporary acrobatics to create an unconventional yet visually appealing medley of circus acts. Members of the group consists of various performance arts background, including stunts, dance, and theatre. They hope to portray the beauty and inventiveness of Taiwan through this new form of circus entertainment.
nternational performances include:
Chun-ming Huang is an important literary figure and teacher in Taiwan. He was formerly an elementary school teacher, reporter, advertising executive and documentary director. His literary works include novels on mother nature and ordinary Taiwanese individuals, essays, poetry, children's literature and theatre plays. His talents also span to torn paper art and oil paintings. Many of his compositions have been translated into various languages, including Japanese, Korean, English, French and German.
Seven of Chun-ming's books have been adapted into movies, including “The Sandwich Man”, “Sayonara · Goodbye” and “A Flower in the Raining Night”. Amongst these, “Sayonara, Goodbye” was written and directed by him.
Recently Chun-ming shifted his focus to directing children's theater. He began writing for children in hopes that kids will be taught through his plays. He can often be found telling stories to kids at his cafe near the Ilan train station.
Current Affairs Critic, Serial Entrepreneur
Fan Chou has dual identities: one as a writer and another as an entrepreneur. As a featured columnist and author, his writings can be found in Business Today, YZZK, Economic Daily News, UDN Opinions section, China Times, and Apple Daily. He also has published books on contemporary social and political philosophy of Taiwan and China, including titles such as ”Who Owns Taiwan?“, ”Who Owns China?“, ”Massive Breakdown“, ”Will Taiwan Perish?“, and ”Unrelated to China“. As a serial entrepreneur in Taiwan, Singapore, the United States, and China, Fan Chou has traversed from education and digital publishing, to gaming, retail, business strategy, and regional economic development industries.
Trainer & Storyteller
Logan Hsu is a motivational speaker, author and a polio survivor. Before the age of seven, he was unable to walk and spent much of his time on all fours. In middle school, Logan tripped and fell while crossing the street; he was so discouraged by his circumstances that he refused to get up. It was at that time that a taxi driver rushed to his side and helped carry him to safety. Logan was grateful for the stranger's random act of kindness and has since sought to spread goodness and encouragements to others in need.
To Logan, his physical disability is a condition that he is unable to change. However, God has blessed Logan with many angels to assist him along his mission.
Head of Automation at Mercedes-Benz
Dr. Eberhard Zeeb heads the Autonomous Driving Department at Diamler AG. His team is responsible for the research and pre-development of the next generation driver assistant technology within the Mercedes Benz car group.
Dr. Zeeb has been with Daimler AG since 1995. Between 2002 and 2005, he had worked on multiple research projects involving optical sensors, optical interconnection technology and lighting technology. In addition, he served on the dynamic driving simulation team, which offers researchers and drivers the ability to test new car models before hardware prototypes are built.
Dr. Zeeb is from Germany and received his PhD degree from University of Ulm in Electrical Engineering.
CEO of Giant Global Group
Anthony Lo is the CEO of Giant Global Group, the world's largest bicycle manufacturer. Working alongside Giant Chairman King Liu for the past 40+ years, the two partners help transform Giant from a small factory in Dajia,Taichung, into an international brand. Giant made a number of pivotal transitions all in the name of promoting the culture of cycling; first, from manufacturing bikes under other private labels to establishing its own line of Giant bicycles; second, to reinforce local bicycle supply chain and to enhance its services to consumers.
Anthony graduated from the National Taiwan University. He currently lives in Taichung City, Taiwan, with his wife and four children. As an avid cyclist, Anthony is on a mission to promote the joy of cycling.