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NMSU ?Global Connections? to tour Taiwan

New Mexico State University is island hopping to Taiwan for the next edition of ?Global Connections.?


Photo of temple with orange roof, above waterfall.
This temple, only accessible by foot, is located in the Taroko Gorge, on the east coast of Taiwan. Lt. Col. Jeremiah Klomp, NMSU Air Force ROTC commander, will discuss the beauty, history and politics of Taiwan during his upcoming ?Global Connections? lecture, March 9. (NMSU photo by Jeremiah Klomp)

Lt. Col. Jeremiah Klomp, NMSU Air Force ROTC commander and professor of aerospace studies in the College of Arts and Sciences, will present ?Rediscover the beauty, culture and politics of Taiwan: An island in a turbulent sea,? from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 9, at the College of Health and Social Services Annex Auditorium, Room 101A.

Nestled off the east coast of China, the compact island nation of Taiwan was Klomp?s home on two separate occasions, nearly 20 years apart.

?Living in any foreign country is eye-opening in many ways,? said Klomp. ?You learn about other people, you learn about yourself, you recognize many things you may have previously taken for granted, and you understand the plight of those you are living among and empathize more fully with them.?

During his first stay from 1994 to 1996, Klomp received a very personal view into the daily life of the people in Taiwan while working as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

For his second, more recent, residency, Klomp served as the Air Attaché, or formal liaison between the U.S. Air Force and the Taiwan Air Force, from 2012-2015.

?This was an amazing opportunity to see the growth and development of the Island, and the progress they have made in many areas,? Klomp said. ?This time around, I worked with high level government and military leaders and got a much more in-depth look at the political, economic and military concerns of the island nation.?

Upon Klomp?s departure, the president of Taiwan presented him with the ?Order of the Cloud and Banner,? award for significant contributions to the national security of Taiwan.

Klomp also spent two years studying and living in Shanghai, China, from 2004 to 2006.

?All three experiences and time periods combine to give me a very unique perspective on Taiwan, China and their interactions and relationship,? Klomp said.

Klomp?s lecture will feature the beauty and history of Taiwan, as well as his first-hand perspectives on the current political state of the country ? including the recent election of the country?s first female president ? and the present and future Taiwan-China relationship.

The ?Global Connections? series features College of Arts and Sciences faculty members? trips around the world. The purpose is to provide an opportunity for members of the campus and surrounding community to listen and ask questions of NMSU professors about the kind of global first-hand experience they might otherwise never encounter.

The Spring 2016 lectures will conclude with a talk by Motoko Furuhashi on Japan, April 13.

All ?Global Connections? events are free and open to the public.