TASC takes delegates beyond the classroom, where they learn about Taiwanese culture through hands-on experience and direct engagement with locals.
Every year, TASC delegates spend a few days with host families. In 2014, TASC delegates got to spend the most important day of “Ghost Month” with local host families. During Ghost Month, it is believed that many spirits return to the world of the living as hungry ghosts, so people leave out offerings of food to make sure the ghosts eat and don’t stir up trouble! Pictured are TASCers participating in this tradition.
Diving Deeper Into Taiwan
TASC takes delegates outside of cities and into rural areas that many Taiwanese have not been. For example, we've visited a village that was totally rebuilt after being devastated by a typhoon. Despite losing close to 500 members, villagers came together to rebuild their community. We even had a chance to live in their restored homes for two nights. Their endurance and positivity are ingrained in our minds.
Professor Paul Katz (pictured) has joined TASC at conferences since 2018 to share his expertise on Chinese folk religion through on-site visits with delegates. TASC collaborates with local experts like Professor Katz to make sure delegates are not simply immersed in local culture, but also gain an insider understanding of it.