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Commentary > China Post > Daniel J. Bauer
When Fidel Castro died at age 90, perhaps the greatest achievement of Cuba's communist Commandante was to have outlasted 10 American presidents and five decades of American opposition. During his 57 years in undisputed power, Castro excelled in playing the role of a socialist David facing the gringo Goliath. Now it is up to Fidel's "kid brother" Raul (aged 85) to run the revolution.
 
The battering that the president of National Taiwan University (NTU) has been taking these days for allegations of academic dishonesty is now a sad fact of life for him personally.
 
Like many educators, I've long had a deep interest in cultural exchange between schools and individual students. I believe everyone wins when we bring people together to swap knowledge and views of life.
 
I continue to need a bit more time to adjust to what a professional pundit I follow is calling an "earthquake of an event." The event, of course, being the amazing presidential victory of Donald J. Trump.
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Whatever our passport or culture may be, we will all be very happy to see the ending of the 2016 United States presidential campaign. Enough already.
 
This week my eyes have been riveted on the ongoing tussle that former President Ma Ying-jeou appears to have gotten himself into with Hung Hsiu-chu, chair of the Chinese Nationalist Party (KMT).
 
By now we are all familiar with what a news-maker Donald J. Trump (Mr. T) is. For the past 18 months, he has proven adept at shocking and dismaying the public approximately every 24 hours. It is Friday morning as I write these words for possible publication on Sunday.
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A student at Taoyuan Sinwu Junior High School has recently surprised observers (and one of his teachers) by unconventional, even "strange" behavior. His strange actions do not fall into the category of "strange" as negative or irritating, but rather "strange for the good," we might say. For the past half a year, this student has been writing poems for his daily communication homework for his teacher.
 
Several of my reader-friends, including a native speaker of English, have saddened me recently by telling me that my words on page 4 here sometimes confuse them.
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A reader recently told me on a postcard that he found my columns entertaining. This of course pleased me greatly. One way to entertain readers, I think, is to appeal to their sense of variety.
 
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