From the President

Founded in 1991, the English and American Literature Association (EALA) of the Republic of China seeks to integrate research resources in Taiwan, promote studies on English and American literature, and facilitate academic communication across national boundaries. For two decades, due to the diligent efforts of the founding President Professor Limin Chu, his successors, and all Board members, EALA has blossomed into a family of over 200 members (including 18 permanent members), thereby having become a major force behind local research on English and American literature.

The EALA currently runs smoothly like a well-oiled machine to consistently promote and upgrade literary research in Taiwan. It has hosted and will continue to host the annual conferences with departments of English or foreign languages at universities in Taiwan. Besides, the EALA official journal Review of English and American Literature, published twice each year, is included in the Taiwan Humanities Citation Index(THCI) Core list and among the top-ranked journals in the National Science Council Rating and Ranking of Domestic Journals Related to Foreign Language Studies in Taiwan. These honors prove that the EALA has achieved excellence in promoting the publication of research papers on English and American Literature. To this end and to act as a source of guidance and encouragement to young scholars, the EALA will host a series of lectures starting April 2010 on academic publications, inviting scholars well-versed in this aspect to shed light on how to get published in domestic and international journals.

Down the road, the EALA will run smooth routine operations; extend the efforts the former Presidents have made in recruiting member and circulating academic information; enhance the quality of theReview of English and American Literature; and update the Chinese and English-language web pages. Also, the EALA will take the initiative to contact peer associations elsewhere in this world for potential cooperation such as organizing international conferences that would help to strengthen the EALA ties with other parts of the world.

The EALA is hardly easy to run, and the supervision of the Board as well as the hard work of the Secretariat will prove indispensable for the continued improvement of the Association. Here I must give special thanks to this term Board members for their support as well as to Vice President Dr. Tsu-chung Su, Secretary General Dr. Che-yen Wu, Secretary Ms. Meihsu Lin, Editor of the Review of English and American Literature Dr. TEE Kim Tong, Assistant Secretary Ms. Ting-hui Hsiung, and Assistant of Academic Information Mr. Chia-hung Lin for their valuable work. It is my genuine hope that with the joint efforts of every team member, the EALA will emerge as an ever more prominent presence in literary studies here and abroad.

Respectfully yours,
Pin-chia Feng