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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.”
2013/11/17
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.
2013/11/10
Allegations against Lien Hui-hsin concerning her ties to a questionable nutritional supplement and diet pill stir thoughts on a number of topics.
2013/11/3
I was struck this week by local news coverage in photos and reports that focused attention on young women and their bodies.
2013/10/27
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.
2013/10/20
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.”
2013/10/13
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.
2013/10/6
The words to come are about stereotyping, and the dignity of all work.
2013/9/29
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
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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.
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