107學年度畢業典禮 畢業生代表 臺文所戴思博同學致詞
I am Bart戴思博 from the Netherlands, currently a fourth-year master''s student at the Graduate Institute of Taiwan Literature. It is my honor to have the opportunity to represent NTU''s international students here today.
If you ask me why I came to Taiwan to study Taiwan literature, I''d have to go back five years to when I was an exchange student here. At the time the Sunflower Movement was taking place, which left me with a very deep impression. This was an eye-opener for someone like me who was originally not interested in politics, and made me want to learn more about Taiwan culture and Taiwanese people''s spirit of resistance. Since I have always been interested in literature, choosing to do a degree in Taiwan literature was the most obvious choice. I did not expect, however, that doing graduate school in Taiwan would be so difficult. It wasn''t just the language that was challenging, it was also an intellectual challenge. Even so, being able to get to know so many outstanding teachers and students has been a real privilege. I have moreover had the chance to be a teaching assistant for various courses, and the frequent exchanges with Taiwanese and international students have also contributed to my own academic development.
My deepest impression during my several semesters as a teaching assistant, was when I was TA for a course on Taiwan''s museums. This course introduced Taiwan''s culture and history through museums and was taught in English, so half the students were international, half were Taiwanese. We also took trips to museums, and the one that left the deepest impression, was the National 228 Memorial Museum. At the time I helped the museum director translate, which was a real test of my Mandarin proficiency, but more importantly, the museum allowed me to learn how big the influence of the 228 Incident was on Taiwan''s society. Through discussions in our class I also learned how different countries deal with national traumas they have gone through. This experience influenced the direction of my own academic research.