Indiana University Political Science and East Asian Studies
How many times had you been to Asia before TASC? How did TASC add to your time in Asia?
I had been to Asia twice before TASC. First, I attended a high school trip to China while studying Chinese. We visited three different cities over the course of 12 days. Then in college, I studied abroad in Beijing for one semester.
TASC has been an instrumental part of my studying and living abroad. After participating in my first TASC, I discovered a large piece of the international stage that has been missing. Taiwan’s influence is far-reaching, and has helped me to understand how countries who might not have much international attention contribute to benefit the globe. Throughout my first TASC experience, I heard from speakers that are largely contributing to the success of Taiwan, and beyond. Additionally, I made incredible friends that I feel the same way about. These friendships are something that I will cherish forever My Taiwanese friends are so bright, motivated and eager to continue their own narrative and continue on their journey to changing the world. Their impact can not be ignored.
I have now participated in TASC twice, and from both experiences I have gained tremendously. I have a better understanding of not only South East Asia, but the world. I also have a better understanding of what life is like across the globe. I have more than a broadened network, but friendships that I will cherish forever. TASC is a unique conference that fosters learning, questioning and understanding. More than that, it is exactly what we need today to foster understanding amongst nations.
What are your favorite aspects of TASC?
My favorite aspects of TASC are many. For starters, I love that it is clearly a safe space to ask questions, share experiences, and say “I don’t know”. I love that there is plenty of opportunity for person-to-person conversation. TASC is a place where you can push yourself to grow as a student, a leader and person. I must add, that the unlimited amount of incredible street food doesn’t hurt either!
Alyse attended TASC in 2018 and returned as an Executive Committee member in 2019.