Jeremy Chiang wins the Best Young Scholar Paper Award
|Jeremy Chiang(江懷哲)develops his idea from his experiences abroad.Photo: Jeremy Chiang(江懷哲).|
|Chiang wins the Best Young Scholar Paper Award. Photo: Jeremy Chiang(江懷哲).|
By Carlos Wang (王元容)
Jeremy Chiang (江懷哲), senior of Department of Diplomacy, won the Best Young Scholar Paper Award with his paper -- “The foreign policies of the Philippines” -- in 2016 Annual Conference of Southeast Asian Studies in Taiwan (ACSEAST) on Sept. 23.
“It is just like a dream,” Chiang said. “It’s not easy to complete this research, and I was so surprised to be informed that I’ve won the award.”
Chiang said that he chose the Philippines as his topic mainly because he stayed at Manila last summer vacation as an intern of World Youth Alliance (WYA), an international non-governmental organization working to promote the dignity of person by building a global coalition of young people.
Chiang said that he did not like Manila at the first place. He then started to question about the governance, the policies and the background of this country. At the same time, there had been a tense relationship between the Philippines and China. These made him want to know more about its politics and foreign policies.
Mentioning the difficulties during the research, Chiang expressed his gratitude to his instructor, Huang Chiung-chiu (黃瓊萩), assistant professor of Graduate Institute of East Asian Studies. It was Huang that gave Chiang not only the guidance of academic theory but also the suggestions of career.
“I can see a strong enthusiasm toward academic research form Prof. Huang during the discussions of my paper with her, which makes me know that it is very worthy of being dedicated to,” Chiang said.
In addition to Huang, Chiang also benefited by the scholarship offered by Center for the Third Sector (第三部門研究中心) and “Vincent Siew International Exchange Program” (蕭萬長國際交流計畫) that enabling him to intern abroad.
As for the juniors, Chiang encouraged them to look more, think more and try more. One way is to take the courses of other departments.
“Take myself as an example. I minor in history, and what I learned from history courses, the way of thinking and analyzing, really spices up my research,” Chiang said.
To those who also want to conduct research, Chiang suggested them to pay more attention to what they see in daily life and experience instead of only reading, because research and academy are closely related to what you see in person.
“Ding Shuh-fan (丁樹範), the commentator of the paper, said that the Philippines pains are successfully shown in my paper, which makes me more believe that my own experience do lots of help to my research,” Chiang said.
Talking about the future plans, Chiang said that he would like to study abroad and do more research.