The Taiwan Fund for Children and Families released the results of a survey this week in which more than 1,000 local junior and senior high school students participated. The topic of the survey sounds awfully grown-up: freedom of expression. Media reported that up to 70 percent of the teens felt they were “unable to make a difference to society because they are not free to speak out.”
Nothing turns a person's stomach quite like nationalism, especially the in-your-face, plain ugly variety. At the moment I've got a bad feeling in my stomach.
Allegations against Lien Hui-hsin concerning her ties to a questionable nutritional supplement and diet pill stir thoughts on a number of topics.
I was struck this week by local news coverage in photos and reports that focused attention on young women and their bodies.
The story of Joseph and his brothers in the Bible has so much to tell us about our psychological selves. In addition, part of Joseph's tale links rather nicely with a certain someone here at home in Taiwan.
Willie Nelson and his colleagues in the entertainment industry have sung songs about cowboys for many years. One of those songs I especially like contains the verse, “My heroes have always been cowboys.” That line brings to mind some advice Willie offers in still another song: “Mamas, don't let your children grow up to be cowboys.”
I make an effort to stay in touch with a number of my students after they graduate and enter the job market. The world of work out there is a tough world. All too often, simply to survive and earn a living is a true accomplishment. Keeping ties fresh with recent graduates particularly, I say to myself, is a way to be there, if necessary, to offer a word of encouragement in times of need.
The words to come are about stereotyping, and the dignity of all work.
For several reasons, reports in two local English newspapers on a press conference this week interested me. The parley with the press was on the subject of possible legislation that would legalize same-sex marriage in Taiwan. I care about how society and individuals treat gays and lesbians.
2013/9/22, 13 Comments
The China Post brought news last week that two Colorado Democrats lost closely observed recall elections in the state senate, clear victims of gun-rights activists.