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All sorts of important news stories broke last week here in Taiwan. They include the passing of a much admired physician, a massive protest march before the presidential palace, monumental changes in the military judicial system, and Manila's eagerly awaited publication of its report on the May 9 incident.
Among the most unusual and upsetting news stories I've recently seen is the one that appeared in The China Post via The Apple Daily in late July about a 57-year-old vegetable vendor who committed suicide (CP 7-13-13 p. 16).
Many of us who care about Taiwan and its people have to be feeling concerned about the battering our national image has been taking of late.
Legendary American comic Jonathan Winters continues to entertain folks via clips of his work on Youtube. One of my favorite Winters skits is the one in which he plays an airline pilot under review by a supervisory board. The question at hand is whether the board should allow the pilot to continue flying after a series of mishaps, and so on.
The reason this column did not appear in its usual place on page 4 the past two Sundays is very simple. I was out of the country for 10 days, and the trip extended over two weekends.
This past week was rough on foreigners in Taiwan. We took a bit of a beating as far as our image is concerned.
It's that time of the year again, and a special time it truly is. I mean, of course, graduation time.
I just enjoyed the play “Mama Mia” on the stage of the Bai Lien Theater on my campus. Only moments ago, I walked from the hugs that followed the show (can't help but be proud of those students) directly to my computer.
Local media reported this week that the Legislature's Education and Culture Committee has approved an amendment to something phrased in English as the “Act Governing Awarding of Degrees” (TT 5-26-13 p. 3). Let's not go to battle over a Chinese-English translation of the name of this particular law (if “law” it is). We might benefit more by looking at a few questions related to the subject of honesty and academic writing.
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We could say it was just a bunch of phony baloney, and give it a miss. We could also say we've been handed, on a silver platter, an opportunity to ask why truth and honesty are values worth fighting for.
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