Erin Shang | November 23, 2016
The Honorable Ma Ying-jeou, former president of Taiwan, enjoyed a private dinner with over 100 Notre Dame students from the greater China region on Saturday night.
The dinner was hosted by the Liu Institute for Asia and Asian studies, and during the course of the meal, five students shared their experiences at Notre Dame with president Ma.
Senior Zhixing Zhang said Notre Dame fostered the major transitions in his life.
“Through conducting researches on East Asia history, I gradually realized that all the societal changes are stimulated by changes in law, and history makes records of the changes,” Zhang said.
Yizhi Hu, a sophomore studying political science, talked about her research on national identity in the past summer in Taiwan, saying that her experience was far more enriching than the results of the research.
“I constantly marveled at Taiwan’s highly developed society where there was respect for diversity, democracy and the environment,” Hu said. “The experience influenced me deeply as now I seek to become a more open-minded person always willing to learn.”
Ma said he was impressed by the value of Notre Dame’s well-rounded education after hearing the experiences of the students.