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Let's Check the Archive!

The CCU Digital Archive of the university's founder Prof. Chang Chi-yun offers a database where a wide range of information can be found. Readers may search around 7,000 items on this new website service, which has been open to the public since November 2014. So far, about 17,000 entries have been registered, and the number of visitors keeps rising on a daily basis.

How did it all begin?

The university's founder Prof. Chang Chi-yun was a former Secretary General of the Nationalist Party Kuomintang (KMT), and Minister of Education in the last century's 1950's decade. He devoted himself to all matters concerned with education and was highly committed to establishing a university of Chinese culture. So besides providing the resources and functions of any given archive or database, these special annals and catalogues have been prepared by the university's library in honorable memory of his outstanding personality.

The archive counts six sections: photographs, letters, scriptures, works, clippings, and medals. They are all offered free for the public, and serve as documentary for the sincere study of historical sources.

And from where do the exhibits originate?

Before the archive had been installed, those pictures, books and other files could not be seen in the library. But then, the former curator of the Hua-Kang Museum decided on conducting a special exhibition about the university founder. This event marked the first step for the working group to collect, review, and systematically organize the huge amount of data hidden in the library's treasure troves.

A challenging task to pursue

The old photos, newspapers and other documents are arranged, scanned, and compiled into the archive's system. Sometimes, the poor condition of the exhibits does not allow any simple storage option, due to the decay of the material. Some are damaged, and others are not easy to read any more. In these cases, other sources must be searched and analysed in order to identify the data correctly, and confirm that the final categorizations and descriptions being published on the website will match with the original file.

This huge amount of documents inherited from the founder requires the continuation of the project. Maybe, you are visiting the website right now? At the very same time, the Digital-Archive team keeps working relentlessly on completing the task, while you are opening the pages.

CCU Founder's Digital Archive

Psychological Support at CCU

Would you like to learn more about yourself? Or would you sometimes like some professional advice when you're encountering difficulties, feeling overly sensitive, or bleak? As we grow older, we will meet new challenges. Every now and then, we might find these hard to deal with, and it will also cost us much effort, so we might want to ask for some kind of mental support for being able to carry on.

At CCU there is a center for students looking for psychological counseling: it offers psychological assessment and individual or group counseling. Nowadays, students are busy with many things and duties, and this may lead to all kinds of stress. For example, some students need to work side jobs, others may have relationship problems, or they worry about their future career options. If they feel they cannot solve such problems in time or all by themselves, these young people may start suffering from psychological pressure. Normally, students who come here asking for help will be interested in interpersonal relationships, or look for ways out of their perceived study pressure, or some insight on how to better deal with their emotions.

Per group counseling, students can also take part in a mutual exchange on themes that are highly relevant for them, meet new friends, and gather new experiences. Of course, this is a good chance for those who shy away from contacts easily, or find it hard to make friends. And if one feels uncertain about one's personal attitudes, or would like to better understand the inner self, there are some tests to find out and identify new directions through psychological assessment.

To make sure if a counseling is really necessary or what kind of counseling might be suitable, it is always possible to make an appointment for a brief meeting and get a basic idea about the rules and procedures from professional staff members. They will first ask for the motivation of the talk and assess some personal information. Next step, the decision on the overall necessity and prospective time and date of a counseling will be given.

As there is no ideal life pattern suiting everybody, it is totally normal for people to sometimes not feel strong enough for coping with all kinds of difficulties, feel sad, or even be depressed. In such situations, it is indeed most advisable to look for professional support from experts, in order to really solve these mental states of doubt.

Daily Delights: Food in Taiwan

Taiwanese like to eat out instead of cooking by themselves at home. That’s because people here are quite busy during work time. In the morning, they like to grab their breakfast at a convenience store, “to go” of course. Some do even limit their breakfast to a cup of coffee. For lunch, they just go buying a Bento, or: bian dang (便當), a lunchbox containing different kinds of food, separated in small sections. What hasn't been consumed won't be kept for the next meal but instead just be thrown away, as it wasn't expensive anyway. But in the evening and after work, people slow down and enjoy a relaxed dinner atmosphere with colleagues, friends, or family. Especially “all you can eat” restaurants enjoy great popularity: here you can choose from a great diversity of dishes.

Eating out is mostly not just more convenient, but even cheaper than cooking at home. Consequently, especially restaurants count for lots of food leftovers. The dark side of these habits: 40,000 buckets of food leftovers are thrown away in Taiwan every day. This totals up to 2,4 billion New Taiwan Dollar being thrown into the trash every year.

As to students, they usually favor big portions at low price. For breakfast, they often eat things like mushroom noodles or sandwiches, adding a cup of milk tea; for lunch and dinner, they may want different kinds of noodles or a bento. Here at Chinese Culture University, students benefit from special offers, or can save money by placing orders as a group of friends. At this university, several restaurants are also popular with non-students and they have even been mentioned in Taipei’s newspapers. That’s why on weekends (when there are fewer students on the campus), other people drive up to Yang Ming Shan and to our university for having their meals here. But what do students prefer to eat most? Which restaurants do they recommend? Here's a compilation of some favorites:

"Beef noodles" - even better with lots of garlic!
"Lushi Noodles" - noodles with thick pork chops, served with garlic and ginger!
"Roasted meat with rice" - comes in many variants, always delightful!
"Udon noodles with pork and pickled vegetables" - no words left to say...!

Yearning for Christmas?

Unfortunately there are no official Christmas Holidays at PCCU. In Taiwan, only Christian schools and universities have got four days off during the Christmas Holidays. Furthermore, students have to prepare homeworks, presentations, and of course, for the final exams during these days. But that doesn't mean at all that the they don't celebrate Christmas!

On the contrary: around the Christmas Holidays, many events are taking place; for example, parties or proms. Most of the events take place before the official Christmas dates. On these occasions, different university departments would rent halls at hotels; moreover, every year there's a specially themed dress code. Sometimes such events benefit even more if many departments decide to host and organize them together. There's always the possibility to co-operate with other universities. During those parties you can find many new friends and have a lot of fun. For example, this year 12 departments of Chinese Culture University, among them the departments of German, Japanese, Korean, English, French and Russian, had organised an event under the motto "Luxurious Christmas: Intoxicating purple- bewildering Gold" (2015 Luxurious紫醉金迷12系聖誕). The evening took place on December 22 in the elegant premises of the Dian Hua Hotel in Taipei's central Zhong Shan District. Admission was 600 NTD (groups of five would get a discount of 100 NTD) including lottery tickets. It's been a great party!

Another great thing about those parties is,of course, the food. The organizers normally order buffet, because Taiwanese like it best. For about 500-1,000 NTD you can enjoy a great variety of delicacies, eat and drink as much as you like, and enjoy the event. Sounds interesting? You definitely have to join one of these Christmas events! You won't regret it!