"I didn't have a sabbatical, I had a leave without pay," said Patricia Golemon, an assistant professor of English at the University of Houston-Downtown in Texas who spent the 2005-2006 academic year at Providence University in Taichung County.
"I wanted to be in China, but was afraid to actually go to the mainland," said Golemon
, who found that in Taiwan, there were people of Chinese descent as well as a reasonably free and democratic society."I figured I'd be sent to a backwater in China and the government would be very repressive," added Golemon
, now back in Texas.
also found teaching in Taiwan to be somewhat different to teaching in the United States."Taiwanese students are very different from American students, and I had to really improvise to get them involved in the courses to a level that made me comfortable," she