One thing that has surprised me most since retirement as Taipei's representative in Italy in 2000 to resume teaching English in universities in Taipei is that all of my graduate students majoring in English and English literature cannot sing "Auld Lang Syne" in English. It is a Scots poem composed by Robert Burns in 1788 and set to the tune of a traditional folk song.
- Joe Hung
The "red shirt" rally in downtown Kuala Lumpur not so much intensified already fractious race relations in Malaysia as brought to light the insecurities felt by the many Malaysians who identify themselves ethnically, whether they be the majority Malays or minority Chinese and Indians.
I've been back in Taiwan now for three weeks after a recent visit to the United States. Although my stay over there was only for two months, several impressions I picked up are still nagging at me.
John Boehner appears to have stunned everyone, including friends and allies, with his announcement on Sept. 25 that he is leaving the post of speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives -- and also retiring from Congress. This concludes a tour of service in the top leadership post that has been especially difficult.
The similarities between journalism and activism are obvious, but the differences are subtle.
Among the 193 presidential and ministerial speeches being made during the U.N. General Assembly debate, most will present politically pedantic and often droning restatements of the obvious; that war, terrorism, poverty and the refugee crisis lapping at Europe's shores and hinterland are among the absolute ills affecting the international community. The new and revamped sustainable development goals are then placed on the altar of global diplomacy as the penultimate offering to save the world.
Since Aug. 11, when mainland China announced that it is devaluating the yuan, world attention has been trained on China's economy in an effort to understand what is happening in the world's second largest economy.
Mainland Chinese leader Xi Jinping delivered a speech in the United States on Sept. 22 at a welcoming dinner hosted by the Washington state governor in his honor.
With the bursting of the mainland Chinese stock market bubble in July and the slight but unexpected depreciation of the yuan, by about 4 percent in August, the world markets have panicked and doomsayers are coming out in droves to predict the imminent collapse of the Chinese economy.
China's leader Xi Jinping averted a confrontation during his visit to the United States by agreeing with Barack Obama that each country would refrain from conducting or supporting cyber attacks to steal intellectual property for commercial gain.
2015/9/30, 1 Comment