Archive for March, 2011
This summer, I have been living in Singapore, a country that is somewhat similar to Taiwan; It shouldn’t be too surprising as Taiwan, Singapore, Hong Kong, and South Korea were known as the four asian tigers, four areas where economic growth boomed after World War II. Like Taiwan, Singapore has a majority Chinese population, is fairly advanced, clean, and ahead of its Southeast Asian neighbors. Singapore’s diversity got me thinking; If Singaporeans consider themselves Singaporeans first, and acknowledge their ethnic backgrounds second, it shouldn’t be wrong for Taiwanese to do the same. Ever since 1949, There have been tensions between China, and “breakaway province” Taiwan, or more specifically, between the Kuomintang and Chinese Communist Party. In the 2000’s, Taiwan government entered an isolation period with China due to the new DDP party. 2008 marked a turning point for the Kuomintang. As times changed, the KMT and CCP found they had the mutual goal of reunifying China. It was simply that they disagreed on who would control.
Well, what about the Taiwanese people? Yes, you could argue that they have roots in China, so therefore, the people are a part of China and Chinese culture. I’m sure many Taiwanese acknowledge that they have Chinese roots. Does that mean that they consider themselves Chinese citizens? Taiwan is an island of rich cultural background, with the portugese, dutch, Chinese, and Japanese influence. While I am all for better relations between Taiwan and China, it seems inherently wrong for either KMT or CCP to claim Taiwan as a part of China when there’s more to its history than simple Chinese influence. However, in the end, whether Taiwan gets reunified or not, it is most important that the people do not think in terms of ethnicity, but as people of a country.
Too general of a topic? Well, we all come across them. And even after we finish attending school, it doesn’t end there. We’re constantly torn between the fine line; strict but fair, or outright sadistic. Yes, maybe we’re biased with our experiences in High School, and the fact that we’re too naive. I’ve met teachers who come across as strict, but are always willing to help you when you ask for it. They don’t tend to pile on tons of assignments; if they do, it usually has a purpose other than to “take up all your time over break”. I’m not good with dealing with tons of conflicting assignments, and it doesn’t help when certain teachers disregard that. I’m a firm believer in “having fun helps you learn.” So we should all try “working smarter, not harder.” Piles of assignments won’t do as much as a meaningful project.
One of the proverbs I just despise is the phrase “Life isn’t fair.” It’s just so…cynical, like some villain trampling on the hero’s chest like it’s nothing. All it does is piss me off even more rather than motivate me. Life is subject to hardships, but it sounds like you’re not grasping the nuances of your situation.
Okay that last paragraph was going on a tangent there. My overall point is, not all strict teachers are necessarily bad. But I don’t necessarily like them. Wait that doesn’t fit either….
Well there’s a balance. Somewhat tough, lenient when it counts.
NOTE: this is all opinion, if you have some complaints, list them in the comments