"The word 'globalization,' has been simplified as a symbol or catch phrase for both supporters and detractors," said Dr. Hong-Ming Liang, assistant professor of history at the College of Saint Scholastica in Duluth, Minn.
Professor Liang is a member of the World Trade Organization panel. The panel was scheduled to present in early December at the college. The panel hopes to bring awareness to the Scholastica community, as well as the larger community.
Liang's areas of education and interest include: world history, political science, taiwanese history, nationalism and national identity, chinese history, asian history, international relations and popular culture and historical memory.
"I hail from the independent island republic of Taiwan, also known as ilha Fermosa, "The Beautiful Island."
With an obvious and adequate sense of humor, Liang brings knowledge and experience to the table, both in the classroom and on the panel.
"Diversity is an intricate and interesting thing -- the fact that I am from Taiwan and have had opportunities to travel and study globally are perhaps two separate things. One can have an international background without having a diverse/global mentality, and vice versa -- at the end of the day it is a matter of choice and mentality."
The World Trade Organization panel at the College of Saint Scholastica has the goal "to inform, both the CSS as well as the wider community." The WTO is the an international body that deals with the rules involved in trading between nations. It is for liberalizing trade.
"I study and teach world history, as well as courses on U.S. foreign relations, and international politics, my role is to provide a broad, historical perspective on globalization, the new world order, and the post-Cold War international order,."
These are not the only qualifications that Liang offers the panel, or community.
"Rather than my 'international background' playing a role on a panel or in a classroom, my education, research interests, and outlook play the central role," said Liang.
But the focus, as Liang would be sure to say, is larger than him. "For a very complex, global, and differently understood phenomenon that has been in process since around the 1300s, I think it deserves a more careful, reasoned, and sustained examination," said Liang in regard to the WTO.
With the skill and intellect brought to the table by Liang, and the message that the panel brings to the college and the larger community, more minds will be informed, which is the most important issue.
"At the end of the day it is a matter of choice and mentality," said Liang.
Words worth remembering for any issue.