Story behind the Exhibition:

The International Chinese Language Program was formerly known as the “Chinese Cultural Study Institute,” which Stanford University had established in Taipei in 1962. In 1963, the program adopted a new name: “The Inter-University Program for Chinese Language Studies” (IUP). After coming under NTU’s administration in 1997, the program’s name changed once again, becoming the “International Chinese Language Program” (ICLP). Despite undergoing several name changes, ICLP has upheld the pedagogy and spirit passed down from the Stanford Center and has continued to provide the most sophisticated and effective instruction in Chinese as a Foreign Language, and stands out in the academic world.

To preserve the priceless documents collected over the past 55 years which chronicle the history of ICLP starting from its establishment, ICLP teachers and student volunteers began compiling and organizing this material in November of 2015. Upon finishing, they will donate the documents to the National Taiwan University Library to facilitate the research, publishing, and promotion of these materials.

2017 happens to be ICLP 55th founding anniversary as well as its 20th anniversary of coming under NTU’s administration. To celebrate this special occasion, the program will hold a historical exhibition. The exhibition will cover topics such as the early history of the founding of the program, the administration and pedagogy, classes and textbooks, and final presentations. By weaving together the who, what, when, where, and why, fragments of history are formed which reveal what Teaching Chinese as a Foreign Language looked like in the early days of the program. It is our hope this exhibition will resonate with both old friends and new.