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July 19 (Sa) 2014 Would it be one the reasons why 忠言逆耳, 諫臣難為? But "Be Grateful" and Learn to Sing well - America, the Beautiful ...
My friend Johnny forwarded an article of his friend's to me.
His friend genuinely appreciates American Individualism and Capitalism, compared to his native country's practices.
It is understandable, for some newer immigrants tend to be more grateful, and adorable than the old timers - I guess :), if their native countries, for what so ever reasons, are unable to meet either basic or desirable needs, or inappropriate governing to their citizens.
Surely, one can list the benefits baptized by the aforementioned two Isms, and they are supposed to suscitate people in pursuing life, liberty and happiness without the annoying 1% vs. 99% issues. As to the preference, support, or the belief of certain types of ideologies, they tend to reflect an individual's upbringing, inherited cultural capitals (positive or negative), life experiences, philosophy, and perhaps, the intellectual endeavors in reflecting and self-examining.
The article expressed genuine appreciation to America, but it also gave a typical impression that individualism and capitalism are absolutely benevolent to the mass in the contemporary society, and they came forth either effortlessly, or naturally, if not innocently. In some sense, it is nice to perceive phenomena from the bright side with a positive spirit, and some of the points might reflect part of the social facts, while others, are tapping the tip of the iceberg.
Note - What a coincidence,!! "Beautiful" was a keynote in this gentleman's writing, as mentioned, the first translator used "美" 國 (a "Beautiful" Country) to name America. It also happened to the first discoverers of Taiwan.
They called her "美" 島 (Ilha "Formosa") :)! So I added two beautiful songs here to express my appreciation. Enjoy!
I responded with the following messages in a neutral tone, if you can detect :)!
Just read your article. Thanks for sharing.
Knowing where people came from - is very important to unveil "certain" types of ideological constraints. The following messages could be my own constraints:
America is a great, "exceptionally" young country - surely greater than China or Taiwan in some sense, otherwise, for example, I might not have had the opportunity to jump out the role of just being, such as a 女丘八 in Taiwan, while here, I am luckily enough to be able to teach at the college and universities :)!). (Could it be that Taiwanese students were too smart, or something else :P! - just kidding!)
Who would deny some of her greatness? That's could be one of the reasons why so many people still want to come to the United States of America? Thanks for a scholarship, I was able to come to the United States to experience a portion of her greatness :)! But before sharing my admiration and appreciation to America , let's review some historical events that still have impact on today's reality.
Do people prefer to see the current success from the less complex facade, or ingrained with the "Least Effort Principle" that manipulates our perception to see what is nice and easy to watch? Who wants to impose on themselves with the unpleasant past of 150 year's slavery (7/24 hours free labors), the "aroused negative emotion" of 200 years' occupying the Native American's lands? (Note - this part of history was similar to Japan's erasing the 南京大屠殺- the Nanjing Massacre, and KMT's 臺灣228-the Formosan/Taiwan Massacre). Surely, so what, why grudging and whining about the past, don't you know "history is mystery??" Yep, wake up! It is time to move on!! Indeed, a proper History can cause forgiving, but, may not be the Forgetting.
Others, such as the sophisticated individual/institutional racism, the open-secret of the world's biggest weaponry exporting country, the suppressing of Labor movements (yes, grab the poor Peter to the rich and powerful Paul - to baby and to nurture the very SUCCESSFUL CAPITALISM which is one of the major founding fathers of the perpetuated affluenza and social inequality), the great usage of the Waves and Waves of inexpensive, submissive High-end and Low-end immigrants/fluid labor forces, as well as the rest of quite a long history of events (compared to China's, just a tiny potato) you don't want, or have no time to read about... Fairly speaking, part of the above intentional or unintentional, necessary or unnecessary practices do make America great with a common sense of recognizing that there is no perfect society. So laugh if off!
Fortunately, the self-corrective mechanism generated by the collective actions via the long term conscious and conscientious formation and awareness of the American People, many reparations and socio-economic policies have been underway.
The other observation that I would like to point it out is that it is a good strategy to put the hero/successful people on the pedestal as role models for people to look up to. Nevertheless, we people may be likely to commit a logic fallacy - legitimizing or supporting the unexamined social reality by using the outliers or small extraordinary people to be the tokens or exemplars to reinforce the Horatio Alger's myth - as mentioned (quoted from the article) " 個人英雄遍地都是。你看政壇上，從奧地利來的移民阿諾．史瓦辛格，他說帶著濃重口音的英語，不僅可以成為好萊塢的明星，還可以當上美國最大州的州長。再看當上美國總統的奧巴馬，他父親是肯尼亞的黑人，他在毫無背景的白人母親家庭長大，居然可以成為最有權力的白宮的主人"。It is nice to look at things from the positive light and recognize and admire individual’s efforts and success. Nevertheless, without a nurturing, COLLECTIVELY well-established socio-economic environment built by some renowned and the ENORMOUSLY UNKNOWN-general-population of heroes and heroines, a genius could be buried alive. How many Bill Gates, Steven Jobs, Michael Jordan are in America? Only one of each!!! -compared to 300 million of population. Can you imagine they were born into a poverty stricken, disease and corruption infested regime, or other less democratic societies? The COLLECTIVE efforts and contribution to this country pave the way for some people to reach their potential, while majority did/do not due to myriad factors.
Thus, individual/individualism could be a Necessary Requirement, but might not be the Sufficient Condition to make success happen. By the way, President Obama's father attended Harvard, a social elite in his own country, and his mother held a Ph.D. in Anthropology, and he might not be so much as a African as his wife (see the note below). As to the mentioned 史瓦辛格, yes, obviously, he worked hard and was famous before marrying into the America’s Blue-Blood Kennedy family to bit his political fortune. Yep, I enjoyed watching a couple of his movies. These could be just tiny illustrations to explain why it takes a whole village to raise a child to become somebody, in addition to his/her personality traits, ambition, luck, and endeavors, unless s/he is a outlier type of resilient, such as Jesus Christ, Alha, Siddhartha Gautama and the like.
Note: there was a joke going on (made up by some funny folk??) " One day President Obama and his wife visited an extravagant restaurant. The owner of the restaurant came to greet the couple and conversed with Michelle joyfully", since they were high school classmates. Later, President Obama jokingly chatted with Michelle, "if you had married to him, you would be the Madame of the Restaurant..." Without a second thought, Michelle answered " Then you would not have been the President". :D!
Indeed, America’s vivacity, joie de vivre, and capacity inspire and provide more opportunities for several types of social mobility to "different categories" of various Waves of immigrant than those of any other countries. But, ignoring the essential ideas of capitals (i.e., natural, man-made, positive, negative, accumulative, and diminishing etc.), for example, the different human capitals, in particular, the cultural capitals, e.g., inter-generational pass-on, which separates vast social classes, (see attached photo) is a major confounding buy-in myth to many people, even "scholars".
As one of your articles pointed out, if one were not STRONG or TOUGH enough, America would not be one's wild jungle to shine! How many people are so luckily to be strong and tough (such as, like you, or a very very lucky me who has been trying very hard to be strong like you:)!) having more opportunities than that of other less fortunate, less privileged, less advantaged people? Nevertheless, America, in the late 18th to 19th century, indeed, demanded the huge amount of strong and tough people to fight against England's suppression and domination. Luckily, she succeeded to attract the free and brave people to construct a new country. Individualism is the necessary formation and incentives supported by Religion and to sustain the Capitalism like 如虎添翼. It suffices to say, America's being a world super power less than a century, the American type of Capitalism played a dominant role to accumulate all Sorts of capitals converted into power, wealth and status. However, without exception, the complexity behind the success has different stories.
As aforementioned, individualism and American style of Capitalism did bring forth glories, in particular, the material and military success. Especially the practice of the RULE of LAW makes what America is about. You might be familiar that before the 16th Amendment 1913, all the early business tycoons such as, Rockefeller ,Carnegie, Vanderbilt...etc big families paid no taxes and profited from the poor working mass with little or no social programs to meet the worker’s needs. The old time triumphs harvested from the mass now bring up many socio-psychological-economic problems, such as the racial, gender, class inequality, and the rest.
But you might also know how much the cost she has been paying over time to deal with all kinds of hidden problems? I don't have data at hand, but for example, approximately, now the world 75% of anti-depressant drugs are consumed by Americans. Surely, this is just only an anecdote of many other issues. There are many other complex issues, just like those of any other countries, but in different levels of severity, which I addressed in my Social Problems class a while ago.
Fortunately, the vitality of this country built on waves of new blood from different types of immigrants since the beginning of 17th century, if you count from the very year of 1607 A.D., and the strict law abiding of the “general population” (yes, 刑不上大夫, like old China, still exists) give her new energy and vision to move on. Yes, she has to be strong!
Having said so, I respect and appreciate some of the US' greatness that inspires me to do good. Otherwise, I have no way to jot down these passages without worrying about the consequences :D!
There is no perfect society nor ideal socio-economic system - just in different gradation. Some countries due to the abundance of natural and human resources in sync, have been doing better, while others, burdened by the geo-econo-historical road-blocks and tragedies, might have been crawling behind.
But, enforcing Darwinism into Social Darwinism and perceiving with clear-cut ideologies across the wide spectrum between Capitalism and Socialism is quite intriguing to me.
In a nut shell, a genuine "patriotism" is not to glorify or to be complacent to the ready-made success, but is willingly to self-police and be critical (not cynical) to envision - either to one's native or adoptive country for a better future, not just for a small privileged/elite group's contents. Would it be one the reasons why 忠言逆耳, 諫臣難為?
Just jotted down some personal biases. Penny for your thoughts.
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Like age does not assess a person's maturity, so as the test score - to intelligence ! Here, I am trying to be less biased when comparing Apples to Pineapples:
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Still, my bias - some of these top countries Exactly tell the world that their education is NOT for the majority (associating with some cultural ideologies).
Their highly selective, even throat-cutting- competition was beyond description. A vivid example as an anecdote for you: among my 55 elementary classmates, I was 1 of those 2 "sweet survivors" who ended up to the higher education!!! The other one came from an elite family. He failed in the first National Entrance Examination to the top university (or ended up in not a desirable one, I was not sure). He told me that his parents hired several tutors (Math, English, Physics, Chemistry and Literature/composition, and other subject matters- I could not remember) to coach him for the next year's Examination. Fortunately, he succeeded in the second run to the top NTU (National Taiwan University). Many of my classmates had different abilities and talents, but not for the extremely high stakes one-test-fit-kill-all National Entrance Examination!!!
May of might have heard about that during the summer Examination seasons, the whole Nation's counseling centers were on high alert, for the severe depression, suicidal events happened much often than that of the non-Examination time when the youngsters failed the family's expectation. Some of other Far-Eastern countries shared this type of neurotic fads in education.
Those processes tend to twist or block the majority's life chances. People who were disadvantaged, un/under-privileged, deprived, or oppressed tend to be the victim of this type of institutional repression in order to shine the tiny few. But, some affluent families might find opportunities overseas, though.
On the other hand, due to this availability (usually, only affluent or well governed societies are able to do so), some people might not take education seriously due to legitimate or not-so-acceptable reasons - unlike some countries on the top list, their " formal education" is an "unbelievably" (really really Goes Wild) important mechanism for keeping "status quo" with some sort of social mobility.
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Crystal Huang Seemingly the notion and practice of the multiple-intelligence, or the general G, might not be popular to some countries !
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Like you, curious -
What is the probability or possibility for this phenomenon:
Within 4 months, two controversial, if not conspiratorial tragedies from the same Airline company....
On Saturday, March 8, 2014 Malaysia Airlines lost contact with Flight MH370, a Boeing 770-200 plane carrying 239 people to Beijing.
On Thursday, July 17, 2014 Malaysia Airlines MH17 with 298 passengers flying from to Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur...
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Crystal Huang Just a gut feeling, the unspeakable grieving and grievance have been lingering on for 4 months of the MH17 flight. How to say R.I.P to these 2 tragedies and human lost...???
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Tammy Brunette Stone It is hard to fathom...
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Sarah Spencer That's what I said!!
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Jesse Perry there are a lot of 7's in those facts.
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Jesse Perry Too much much tragedy in the world now.
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Jesse Perry I heard on the news that the flight would normally hsve been on a different flight "lane" across Eurasia that takes it south of Ukraine, but bad weather near the south lane caused it to divert to the north lane. MH370 is still very mysterious though
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Charles Barnard 100% as both have happened. Both being illegal acts, count as conspiracies since it is pretty unlikely that either was the action of a single person.
MH370 seems likely to have been diverted to 'acquire' person or persons onboard. Likely by the US gov...See More
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Crystal Huang Perhaps, Coincidence, the safest speculation.
July 17 (Th), 2014
Learning and Teaching of Crystal Li-chin Huang
Crystal 2011 Curriculum Vitae
Fall 2003 to present, Faculty, teaching Sociology, Psychology, American Government, Social Problems, and Diversity Studies via multiple delivery formats (course designer and facilitator for the face to face, online, hybrid, ITV -High School Youth Option, Web-conference, and Accelerated/Evening alternative methods) at the Chippewa Valley Technical College (CVTC)
Spring 2000 to spring 2003, Lecturer, Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Stout
95-97, TA at the Wayne State College, NE
1. Taught “Introduction to Visual Arts” sections
2. Assisted Design, and Painting studio courses
3. Conducted workshop for Information Literacy and Library Automated System
2000 to 2003, adviser of Undecided Student Advisement Program, UW-Stout
1999 to 2000, program assistant at the Undecided Student Advisement Office,
College of Arts and Sciences, UW-Stout
Nov.1997 to Jan.1999, Computer Layout Specialist in the Composing Department and
lifestyle columnist in the Editorial Department of the Dunn County News, Menomonie, WI
1992-93, library assistant, UW-Madison
1. Congressional aide at the Legislative Yuan (首屆立法院 國會助理 Congress of Taiwan), Taipei
Job including: coordinating election campaigns, Congressional speech writer and serving constituencies.
2. Taiwan-China policy researcher at the Executive Yuan (大陸工作會報 - 陸委會前身 Central Government), Taipei.
1. Journalist at the Ta Hwa Evening News, Taipei.
2. Cultural/English tour guide at the Ministry of
Transportation, Taipei, Taiwan.
3. Military educator, and English/Japanese instructor.
Learning Technologies (previous Instructional System and Technology) Ph.D. program, Department of
Curriculum and Instruction, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Research topic: The Perceptions of Students and Instructors Who Experienced Multiple Delivery Formats- Face to Face, Online, and Hybrid. Graduate in 2013, expected
M.S. Ed., Art Education, Wayne State College, Nebraska with a minor in Computer Science.
Research Project: Integrating Multimedia Technology into Art Curriculum with Classroom Implementation, 1997.
M.S. Sociology, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Major: Social Psychology focusing on Social Movements
Minors: Journalism and Women's Studies. Thesis Title: Multilevel Analysis of A Social Movement-1947, 228 Social Uprising in Taiwan, 1993.
M.A. Socio-political Science (the Graduate Institute of National Development), National Taiwan University. Thesis: Social Ideology and Gender Roles- Women's Issues in Contemporary society, 1986.
Special Training. Major: Military Education. Political Warfare Academy, Army of Taiwan (due to a national crisis, I joined the Army Academy).
B.A. Sociology, National Taiwan University.
Areas of Interests
Innovation in Online Education Programs
TPACK Integration of Emerging Technologies
Equity and Quality of Diverse Learning in the Digital Age
Learning Technologies in the post-secondary educational setting
Interdisciplinary collaborative (Education, Social Science, and Technologies) Learning
Interpersonal, enthusiastic, and helpful with strong work ethics
Multiple language ability: Taiwanese, Mandarin, English, and Japanese
Have taken computer science as a minor.
Knowledgeable of C++, JAVA, Assembly language and Web Design
General Software application: Multi-aid, QuarkXpress, Pagemaker, Microsoft Office
2010,Hyperstudio, Inspiration and variety of social media applications
CMS/LMS: BlackBoard, WebCT, E360, Moodle, Joomla.
Authorize tools: Macromedia (DreamWeaver, and Flash)
Web 3.0, Blog 2.0., Cloud Computing, Photoshop/Photodeluxe, Premiere, Illustrator
PC and Mac proficiency
Visual-art making (2-D: Calligraphy; drawing, traditional ink/painting and mixed media;
3-D: mainly, ceramics and other mixed media
Trained quantitative, qualitative and mixed research methods
Statistic software: Spssx, MaxQDA2, and Minitab
WebCT/BlackBoard/E360 (LMS) Teaching Certificates from UW-Stout and CVTC
Hybrid and Web-conference training Certificates from CVTC
Quality Matters Certified Peer-Reviewer
Web Design and ITV Certificates from UW-Stout
General and Special Higher Civil Service Certificates from Taiwan
Academic Activities and Professional Development
2012, Research proposal: “Why, Afraid of Integrating E-Book Project into A Race, Ethnicity and Diversity Study Course”? accepted by the 28th Distance Learning Conference for presentation at Madison, WI
2010, Research proposal: “Struggles and Triumphs– A Female Minority Social Science Instructor’s Reflection on Sociology Web-conference Course in Facilitating Disadvantaged Learners”, accepted by Association of Educational Communication and Technologies (AECT) for presentation. (The next four research projects, due to my job descriptions in a 2-year college and budget issues, I was unable to attend and present)
2010, Research proposal: “From Quantity to Quality - Quality Matters! But, What and How Does It Matter? –Pursuing Online Courses Quality Assurance One Step at A Time!” accepted by the Association of Educational Communication and Technologies (AECT) for presentation
2010, Panelist, Hybrid Teaching- Panel Discussion, In-Service, 2010, CVTC
2010, Research proposal: “Live Meeting: Web-conference Triumph in Sociology Course facilitation”, accepted by the League of Innovation 2010 Maryland Conference
2010, Research proposal: “Constructing a Bio-ecological System of Teaching and Learning Environment for 2-year College”, accepted by the League of Innovation 2010 Maryland Conference
2009, Presenter: AECT Louisville International Convention
Topic: “What is the Lived Experience of Designing and Teaching Multiple Delivery Methods -Live Meeting, Hybrid, Online, and Face To Face (f2f) within a Semester at a Technical College Setting”? Also presented in a poster session
Paper published in the 2009 AECT Theories and Development Division Convention proceedings
2009, Presenter: AECT Louisville International Convention
Topic: “Learning Information Technologies as Empowering Tools to Narrow the Class and Gender Gap in Rural-Urban Spectrum- A review from Global to U.S. Perspective”.
Paper published in the 2009 AECT Theories and Development Division Convention proceedings
2008, Quantitative Research Project- “Do The Knowledge Of Using The Internet And The Annual Income Level Affect The Total Life Skill Assessments Of Rural Low Income Mothers”? University of Minnesota - Twin Cities (as part of my RA projects)
2008, Co-presenter: The 16th Midwest Quality Research Conference
Topic: “The Lived Experience of Relocated Teachers in Korea”, at St. Thomas University
2008, Presenter, The 1st C & I Research Day
Topic: (Green and Dao) “The Wonder of the Tao-Six Meditation on Science, Spirit, and the Future of Economics”, at University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
2008, Co-presenter: “A Brief Introduction to the Multimedia Enhancer” at UW-Stout
2008, Co-presenter: “A Mini-presentation: A brief of CMS” at UW-Stout
2008, Poster presentation: Beauty vs. Artistic Beauty at University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
2008, Poster presentation: “Freedom Writers- A Critical Analysis from A Contextual Perspective”, at University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
2007-8, Collaborative Research Project: Joined the “Rural Families Speak”– A Multistate, Longitudinal and Multidisciplinary research project, focusing on low-income women’s using information technology, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities (as a RA)
2007, Course presentation, “Reflection on the Pedagogies of the Oppressor and the Oppressed”, at University of Minnesota - Twin Cities
2006, Research paper: Exploration of PCTMK Model of Hybrid Teaching. Published as an Op-Ed in the Dunn County News
2004, Collaborative project. Assisting professor emeritus Jim Eggert as a translator and illustrator of the Book-“The Wonder of the Tao- A Meditation on Spirituality & Ecological Balance”. FL: Brumby Holding, Inc.
2004, Panelist, UW-System Women's Study Consortium
Topic: “A Hermeneutic Phenomenological Study of Childless Issues in Contemporary American Society”, at UW-Stout
2003, Keynote speaker: Annual Spring Awards and Recognition of Multicultural Student Services at UW-Stout
2003, Presenter, “A Cultural Sojourner's ‘Courage to teach’ in Intro-Sociology”, at UW-Stout
2002, Poster presentation, Student and Faculty Research Day:”An Action Research Report on a Spontaneous Thematic Pedagogy in Intro-Sociology”, at UW-Stout
2002, Panelist- International Forum
AAUW Midwest Regional Conference Presentation: “The Trajectory of Women's Transformation via Education - 3 Women's Stories”, at Rapid City, South Dakota
2001, Teaching Day Display, “Sociological Pedagogy-Blending Teaching Strategy to Empower Student Active Learning”, at UW-Stout
2001, Presenter, Professional Development Day: “Enhancing Active Teaching/Learning Via Electronic Application”, at UW-Stout
2001, Research paper: “A Thematic Approach of Teaching Sociology during September 11th Crisis”, accepted to the Midwest Sociologist Conference
1993, Book. The February 28, 1947 Uprising in Taiwan:
A Multi-level Analysis of Collective Actions.
Publisher: University of Wisconsin-Madison.
American Education and Research Association (AERA)
Association for Educational Communications and Technologies (AECT)
International Society for Technology Education (ISTE)
Association for Career and Technical Education (ACTE)
Wisconsin Association for Career and Technical Education (WACTE)
National Educational Computing Conference (NECC)
American Sociological Association.
Member of American Association of University Women (AAUW)
Involvements and Awards
Co-chair of Professional Development Committee of Chippewa Valley Technical College Career and Technical Education Association
Co-chair of the Chippewa Valley Technical College Education Association Scholarship Foundation
CVACTE Event/Year Book Coordinator
CVTCEA Event Coordinator
Representative of ALC (Academic Leadership Council –WTCS)
Representative to the Advisory Committees of Renal Dialysis, Surgical Technician and Landscape programs.
Course representative of Social Problems.
2001, nominated and the recipient of the Outstanding Contribution to UW-System and Women of Color representing UW-Stout in 2001
2006, nominated and the recipient of the Regional Outstanding Teacher of Chippewa Valley Technical College
2010, nominated to the Teaching Excellent Award at the Chippewa Valley Technical College