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Last Sunday's local English press reported on still another of those upsetting surveys among our youth. The Taiwan Fund for Children and Families conducted the study in the months of September and October, asking our teens to respond to statements about pressure in their lives.
Among the more useful pieces of advice we've all heard is the one about topics to avoid in conversation. You know what I mean: religion and politics.
A news story about a 20-year-old Brazilian woman auctioning off her virginity for a documentary filmmaker in exchange for US$780,000 drew midsized headlines in The China Post shortly over a week ago. I spend several hours a week in the presence of some 230 women students in the neighborhood of 20 years old.
There is nothing like a good old-fashioned bird-brained idea to spark not simply controversy, but a bit of contemplation as well.
Making comparisons is always a risky undertaking. The old adage not to compare apples with oranges makes a lot of sense. It is hard to argue against that advice. Apples and oranges may both be fruits, but that's about all they have in common.
For me, it was a case of good news and bad news at the same time.
Several weeks have zoomed by since a magazine article about a former student's working holiday in Australia stirred the waters in Taiwan. A variety of aspects about these “holidays” (and not only in Australia) have concerned many of us for a long time.
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Over the past few days, I asked myself a few questions about students and teachers. The questions arose naturally enough, given the fact that Sept. 28, the mythical birthday of Confucius, and known in our part of the world as Teacher's Day, was so soon to arrive.
While following the recent news about paparazzi invading the privacy of Prince William and his wife Princess Catherine by publishing revealing photographs snapped at a private chateau, I couldn't help but think of privacy issues in general. Perhaps
For most in my generation, there was no such thing as “a gap year” between graduation from college and the start of a new life with new responsibilities. Upon graduating, we were expected to go to graduate school or, the sooner the better, “go out and find a job.”
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