UCF Global Perspectives


The China-Taiwan Cross-Strait Program

“Evaluating the regional/U.S. impact of the relationship”

The China-Taiwan Cross-Strait Program, supported by the C.T. and Jean Hsu Fund of the Global Connections Foundation, is housed in the Department of Political Science of the College of Sciences at the University of Central Florida. Established in 2008, it sponsors or co-sponsors public discussions featuring top speakers, panels and other meetings; encourages scholarship and research; and works with partners worldwide to explore the possibilities and evaluate the regional impact – as well as the effect on the United States – of cross-strait relations. The program is neutral and favors neither side. Rather, it aims to promote awareness, understanding and discussion of the key issues in the China-Taiwan relationship.

C.T. and Jean Hsu are principals of the C.T. Hsu Group, a globally active diversified company. They have supported UCF programs dealing with Asia, along with other international issues, for many years.


Program Co-Directors

Roger Handberg

Department of Political Science
PH 302, 407-823-2608

Program Advisory Board

  • Amy Chua, John M. Duff, Jr. Professor of Law, Yale Law School, New Haven, Connecticut
  • Roger Handberg, Department of Political Science, UCF (co-director)
  • Jean Hsu, Principal, C.T. Hsu Group, Orlando, Florida
  • Minxin Pei, Senior Associate, China Program, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, Washington, D.C.
  • Alvin Wang, Psychology Department, UCF
  • Kate Zhou, Department of Political Science, University of Hawaii


Related Events

Click here for a list of recent and past events supported by the China-Taiwan Cross-Strait Program at UCF.


The China-Taiwan Fellowship

The China-Taiwan Cross-Strait Program at UCF (supported by the C.T. and Jean Hsu Fund of the Global Connections Foundation), the Global Perspectives Office at UCF and the Global Connections Foundation are pleased to provide an opportunity for an outstanding UCF student, undergraduate (at least junior level) or graduate, to serve as a China-Taiwan Fellow each spring semester. Click here for more information about the fellowship.

The Spring 2019 China-Taiwan Cross Strait Fellow is Hannah Klonowski. She is a junior at UCF pursuing an undergraduate degree in International and Global Studies, with minors in Diplomacy and French and a certificate in Intelligence and National Security. She is the Treasurer of the International Relations Club and a tutor for UCF’s Academic Services for Student Athletes. Her research interests include diplomatic relationships in East Asia, the influence of trade on diplomacy, and electoral processes around the world.  Upon graduation, she plans on pursuing a career in the intelligence community.  A student of French, Klonowski has traveled to France, Belgium, and the Netherlands. To learn about other past fellows and scholars, click here.