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Commentary > China Post > Daniel J. Bauer
If I do say so myself, writers of weekly newspaper columns do not have an easy time of it.
 
Reports have been flying through the air like fast-moving clouds about the future of student exchange programs between universities in Taiwan and their counterparts (loosely speaking) in the People's Republic of China (PRC).
 
A funny thing happened to me on the way to today's column, "funny" in the sense of "odd" or "coincidental."
 
"Tsai is 'extreme' because she is single: China."
 
Graduates at high schools and universities all over Taiwan are dealing these days with traditional "xie shih yen" questions. As much as I enjoy these celebrations, I believe we are long overdue in our need to change some of their aspects.
 
I do not know whether others with this same avocation might agree with me. I can tell you, however, that without a strong sense of emotion, I cannot offer words that are worth reading.
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On Mother's Day this year, all of us, regardless of our stations in life, are likely to have our mothers powerfully in our minds.
 
I occasionally lob a ball of sorts here in the direction of local English teachers, hoping that here or there a couple of them (perspicacious colleagues as they are) may grab onto something I say, and bring it to their students for discussion, or contemplation, or both.
 
It is good to be back after a week away for medical care. If you missed me last Sunday, I am smiling now. And if you did not, I'm here today to wave a friendly hello just the same.
 
No two words come even remotely close to "the kind of ugly," we might say, that we find in the term "revenge porn." The two words linked together are the verbal equivalent of the highest grade of coarse-grain sandpaper. And that is an incredibly mild metaphor for what we're talking about.
 
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