The Weatherhead East Asian Institute is pleased to announce that Myron L. Cohen, Professor of Anthropology at Columbia University and former Institute director, received the First Class Professional Medal in Hakka Affairs on September 10, 2016 at the opening ceremony of the Fourth Taiwan International Conference on Hakka Studies.
The Hakka Affairs Council presented Professor Cohen with this award in recognition of his outstanding contributions to Hakka academic research. The award ceremony was held at the International Conference Hall of the College of Hakka Studies, National Chiao Tung University.
Taipei City Hakka Cultural Center is also presenting an immersive exhibit of the anthropological photos and research of Professor Cohen. Running through June 2017, the exhibit introduces visitors to a selection of photographs that Professor Cohen, a preeminent scholar of Hakka family life, took of a village called Daqixia in Meinong Township in the 1960s. Taken when Professor Cohen was a Columbia graduate student, the photographs allow viewers to see how mid-twentieth century life in Daqixia was strongly shaped by traditions and family structures that the first Hakka settlers brought with them from China.