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People sometimes like to say that Christmas is for children, and in many ways that is true.
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These words are likely to appear in print on Sunday, Dec. 15. As I write them, however, I find myself undeniably stuck in Friday, Dec. 13. Late Friday morning, to be exact. My campus bell to mark the end of the third period will ring at any minute now. It is nearly 11 o'clock.
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Taiwan has in many ways done so much in recent years to become more sensitive to human rights. It boggles the mind then, as a co-signer of international human rights covenants with clauses that condemn hate speech, that our country has no law per se against the public posting of certain sorts of words.
Local writer Giddens Ko, better known perhaps as Jiubadau, has produced a new documentary film on the fate of dogs turned over to public animal shelters here in Taipei. A recent newspaper report described the film as devoid of spoken words, but eloquent in its message, which focuses from various camera angles on the lives of these often pitiful animals. The film attempts to tell the story from the viewpoint of the dogs themselves. The footage includes scenes that occur in the shelters when staffers are off-duty.
I try hard not to address purely spiritual topics in this space very often, knowing The China Post is a secular newspaper that welcomes readers of diverse backgrounds and viewpoints. Today's column is an exception to the type of observations I usually offer.
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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."
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.
Allegations against Lien Hui-hsin concerning her ties to a questionable nutritional supplement and diet pill stir thoughts on a number of topics.
I was struck this week by local news coverage in photos and reports that focused attention on young women and their bodies.
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.
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