Madeira history teacher travels to Taiwan for study tour

January 9, 2019
Mr. Sudnik at Sun Moon Lake

Over winter break, Mr. Sudnik, a member of the Madeira History Department, traveled to Taiwan on a study tour organized by the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office with the purpose of facilitating curriculum improvement in Asian studies. Mr. Sudnik was selected for this study tour as an alumnus of the National Consortium for Teaching about Asia (NCTA) program at the University of Colorado at Boulder. 

This delegation of twelve American educators traveled across Taiwan, from Taipei to Taichung and Kaohsiung. They first visited the National Palace Museum in Taipei to view artifacts from Chinese history, including Shang and Zhou Dynasty bronzes, Ming Dynasty porcelain, 18th century Dutch decorative objects, and Qing Dynasty jades. Next the group visited the Taipei Municipal Chien Kuo High School, a highly competitive secondary school for boys. The students gave a presentation on their school’s curriculum and extracurricular activities. In addition, the delegation of educators visited various cultural sites, such as the 2018 World Flora Exposition in Taichung, the historical site of the British Consulate in the southern port city of Kaohsiung, various Buddhist and Taoism temples, and natural landmarks like Taiwan’s famous Sun Moon Lake. 

Since returning to Madeira, Mr. Sudnik shared with his students in AP World History a slideshow with images of ancient Chinese bronzes from the National Palace Museum collection in Taipei. In reflecting on the trip, Mr. Sudnik says, “I am eager to further develop my teaching of East Asian history with information and artifacts that I collected on this study tour. I’m grateful to both TECO and NCTA for this unique opportunity.”