Tuesday, April 15, 2014

April 15 (T), 2014 Crystal's serendipitous teaching-learning-sharing #29

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Had a farewell party for A (will be deployed) this morning in my Psychology of Human Relations class. Thanks to Ashley home-made delicious cupcakes, Bethany's fruit juice, Abby's crispy bars, Jake's chips, Amanda's gift and my safety talisman. Thanks to Audrey's flowers and movies. (4 photos)

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Crystal Huang Why teaching at a technical college is so unique, important, and surely challenging? One of the tons of diverse reasons is that the instructor gets to see students off to the battlefields once in a while...... It has happened to me several times...  And I always joke with them - Please come back without losing any limbs or contracting PTSD which is no FUN, yes, with a whole piece to earn your deserved GI Bill for your education ! (Note, in my and my sister's case, not until 1995 when Taiwan instituted the National Health Insurance policy, could joining-military be the only way to support my parents to access hospitals and medicine -"free" of charge for parents' medical bills-, which were affordable only for a very privileged few in my native country a while ago).  - even though I am unable to ask or explain: go to battlefield for whose real interests...in addition to "patriotism"??

Note- There is a constant ambivalent, sometimes, oxymoronic,  even, just starkly paradoxical situation, which is hard to express when you are teaching at a school where majority of students are from the working class, working poor, or some are underclass. A vivid example happening quite often is that some students know or heard off that I am a retired captain, severing military for 8 years. So, I guess that some taking my classes might be due to this connection through day-one self-introduction. For some of them would generously share the military experiences regarding the trips to Iraq, Afghanistan, or other domestic/oversea deployments with class and me.  I could sense that they expected me to respect, support, or at least like Military affairs. In fact,  I try hard to hold neutral views on this subject matter in the school setting. Once in a while I guess that they would like to hear from me to encourage young generation to be patriotic via joining military or address some conservative views praising the behavior being in uniform... and so on so forth.

Even more interesting things are that some instructors (my rough estimation, approximately, 50% of the whole, and could be increasing for the political climate has been changing, and keeping a job is always a priority...) who hold quite overt yet genuinely conservative views via daily conversation, such as against raising the minimal wage, enforcing the importance of free market- free trade-Capitalism, and surely anti-union and so on so forth. One of the faculty members always invites ROTC cadets or military recruiters to the classroom to do business, while his/her son is studying at an expensive college. Due to a group of faculty members sharing a office, one could easily hears even the lowest volume of conversation among faculty and students.  One of the episode was that an instructor either argued or explained to a student that there was no racial issues in the US, but only ethnic conflicts. One openly proclaimed that teaching gender issues or sexual orientation was against his/her religious belief or bring in "baby-killing" visual elements to share with students...and so on so forth.

Now, returning to the military concerns- generally speaking, I try not to touch on "the specific type of patriotism", in particular, when some students asked me for advice regarding joining military... usually, I just briefly introduce German Socio-economist Max Weber's notion of LIFE CHANCES (another long story to tell...well, I had better stop here).  But, I could give you an episode about how I made academic les faux pas.

A while ago during the end of War on Iraq, I taught an Intro to Psychology class. In chapter one, the textbook author used "Whether there was WMD in Iraq during Saddam Hussein's reign" to engage the psychological critical thinking processes.  And the conclusion was that there was no WMD detected so far, according to the reasoning process of examining assumptions, discerning hidden values, evaluating evidence, and assessing conclusions.

Interestingly speaking, could it be my previous role as a military woman (as on the day one self-introduction-self-revelation) confounding some students' perception?  I commented that if following this model of reasoning, the meaning and purpose of the war might need to be reexamined and reassessed...and so on so forth. "Seemingly, this instructor does not support the war/patriotism" - I could sense from the atmosphere-  regardless the time spent on the critical thinking processes.

Then next day, I got a phone call from my supervisor that I was invited for a chat. In short, a student of that class, whose husband just returned his 2nd trip from Iraq, complained regarding her husband and her belief in their Patriotism to save Iraqi people's life and to implement democracy, and then felt in a Psychology class that the instructor should not talk about Politics and Sociology.  My supervisor mainly said " You know where the students come from. Just tone down a little bit !"  Tone-down was not difficult to do, but I surmised that it was another bigger layer of political operation going on in Wisconsin during that time as well.  Briefly speaking, in this case,  my academic faux pas was that seemingly I  forgot "where the students came from..."?

In some situations, Technical Colleges' students' thinking capacity and behavioral patterns may have correlation to the "where students come from". But don't get me wrong. There are probably 10 to 15% students of each classroom, who are the outliers to this observation! Due to my day one student demographic and prior knowledge survey, I find a correlation between these outlier students and their family background, in particular their parents' educational and income level. As expected, yes, they are the minority of the school - the middle class students. In the nutshell, using the plain language, SOCIAL CLASS- is the biggest Elephant existing in the huge US room.

Here, let me add another tiny anecdote.  It happens very often when touching on Social Class issues. Generally speaking,  most students believed, as you know well-  " We are 'middle class' (in a Technical College)" economically, while socially, holding strong conservative views, or implicitly deny that there is "Class" existing in American society. How deeply is  Horatio Alger's syndrome or individualism implanted? How blessing could it be that " if one works hard, one can reach his/her dream - from rag to rich, and be anyone you want to be!" - still inspiring?    How responsible does one have to be to bear all the liability of choices made in his/her life journey?...and so on so forth! Is it one of the most tough tasks for teaching sociology- being able to see Mills'  "Imagination" to see the human society? In my sociology class, the most happy moment from the learning outcome is that some students without applying imagination could see social structures (not the social forces, yet), from small to big institutions. Seeing individuals contextually is the most delightful teaching-learning moment which is really a challenging task in a capitalistic individualists' society.

The phenomenon of the intertwining between economic and social issues intersect with class and gender (surely, welcome to add on the racial dimension), can be effortlessly explained by Dr. Michael Parenti (This is his website) in one of his recent posts (the last part of the writing, see below, though focusing on female gender).  Here it goes:

"Someone (a woman) asked why any woman in her right mind would lend her support to the Republicans. Here is my conjecture:

GOP women who come from an affluent background are as interested in preserving and advancing their class prerogatives and privileges as their men are. They have money and servants and nannies and numerous other comforts and support systems. And they live so well, travel to luxurious places and choice vacation spots. They have their needs well met, with no trouble getting an abortion under the best conditions when they want one.

They send their kids to the best schools. They and their entire family enjoy the top medical services. One could go on. Struggling over feminist gender issues and wage equality is, well, just not to their taste. Don't take my word for it, ask Nancy Reagan or her affluent GOP sisters.

Of course, my remarks do not explain why poorer, working class women vote GOP. What they have is what we call "false consciousness" i.e., voting against your class interests because your political (mis)understanding has injected you with fears about gay marriage, or legal abortion, or immigrants, or environmentalists who might get the factory shut down, or people who are not super patriotic enough or not religious enough. So the upper crust GOP women can be as wedded to their privileged life as their men, and the poorer GOP women can be as misled and impassioned around deceptive issues as their men. Fox news does an effective job on both groups."

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Crystal Huang The 2-year Technical College is very close to the epitome of the human society. (It never occurred to me when I taught at the Wayne State College and UW-Stout, the very much traditional type of educational setting).
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Crystal Huang Today in my sociology class, students were interested in the concept of Meritocracy (relating to natural inequality, man-made inequality-including more justifiable inequality and unjustifiable inequality for life chances which feed the opportunities for many types of social mobilities). Here is a good example - some students have to go to battlefield in order to be able to attend college (more common is that students work several part-time or odd jobs); while, some others, mom and dad beg their babies to attend college with the FULL Scholarship from Parents and Grandparents, surly, that can be traced back to all the great-great-grand.. as well:)!
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Saturday, April 12, 2014

April 12 (Sa) 2014 Colors of Rainbow (English and Mandarin Versions)

忘不了的 Rainbow

曲: 姚敏; 詞: 葉雯

明知道我不該愛 Rainbow,為什麼好像有憐惜
我也曾決意想忘記,一轉眼偏又想起 Rainbow 你。

Colors of Rainbow

I saw the colors of the rainbow
Up there against the distance sunglow
The air was soft and blue birds could hide
I wished that time was on my side
So I could ride that pretty rainbow
And fly across the western sky
So come with me and you'll see my friend
The colors of the rainbow's end

I always remember of how we used to meet
I heard sweet songs up above
The meadow was so green when I sat down to dream
That was the time when I found love

I saw the colors of the rainbow
Up there against the distance sunglow
One summer's days that rainbow came
To chase away the morning rain

I always remember of how we used to meet
I heard sweet songs up above
The meadow was so green when I sat down to dream
That was the time when I found love

I saw the colors of the rainbow
Up there against the distance sunglow
One summer's day that rainbow came
To chase away the morning rain


Monday, April 7, 2014

April 7 (M). 2014 Pedagogical info Sharing#2 What's going on in your Diversity-Sociology (vernacular sociology) classes?

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Pedagogical info sharing#2
What's going on in your Diversity-Sociology (vernacular sociology) classes?

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Crystal Huang Themes of today:
1. What is cultural capital?
2. How do cultural capitals interplay with social class, life chances, and
social mobility?
3. Connect the dots among parents' educational and income levels, cultural
capitals, life chances/opportunities, and various type of social mobility.
4. Decode the myth of Meritocracy- a hidden social inequality.
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Crystal Huang shared Sheikh Nasr's video.

Elephant painting an elephant.
This is Suda, a 4-year-old elephant from Thailand. Elephants are one of the few species on this planet that are sentient (can perceive feeling; feel emotions), self-aware (conscious of themselves as individuals, i.e. they recognise themselv...See More

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Crystal Huang Long time ago when I was an art student, a controversial question regarding the aesthetic awareness and value of the animal arts challenging our thinking. Now I realize that many of the baby elephants were ruthlessly forced to do drills and training even abused by their handlers for the highly demanded tourism's needs. Hopefully the true talents of them are not so much commercially invented.
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Saturday, April 5, 2014

April 5 (Sa), 2014 A penny for your thoughts! - "All it will take for evil to prevail is for good people to do not"

Just now, I checked my email, and found friends from Taiwan sharing a short article with me (attached below) regarding the current Sunflower Movement's impact from the Big Business' perspectives. So I jotted downed a reflection with questions. A penny for your thoughts:

After I read the article, I deeply regret that I should have known better regarding the fast changing faces between two sides of the Taiwan Strait, in particular, in the econo-political-shifting dimension. Since my life here, in fact,  is quite hectic, and sometimes, I make excuses for myself- like this one, to get by.

This article mainly pointed out that most of the Taiwanese big corporations and super entrepreneurs are unhappy with the grass social movement's (Sunflower) against the Taiwan-China Service Trade Act. For this, I did express some basic understanding on my facebook and blog during last few days.

This article made me rethink some familiar questions prevailing in Taiwan when I was quite young in Taipei. Now I pull them out as a penny for your thoughts:

The writing was about an extremely successful entrepreneur Mr. 張 who would not pursue certain types of short term gains by being sucked into China's honey fly-trap. So, I started with the Corporate business' perspective of my thoughts (there could be some misnomers or discrepancies, due to my lack of awareness, information and/or understanding on my part):

Taiwanese business men/women's ingenuity and diligence have been playing the most important catalyst's role to transform China's techno-entrepreneurial landscape since Taiwan's Nationalist Government lifted the Martial Law in 1987. After 60s, Taiwan's economy took off with an exporting-oriented trade-businesses and practices which had been successfully riding the high tide of the 2nd wave of globalization. MIT (Made In Taiwan) products dominated a big portion of the intentional markets, in particular, the booming trade with and accumulated surplus from the US. The labor-intense light-industries brought forth extensive experiences in the international trading practices (surely complying to the Capitalistic "FREE-MARKET, FREE-TRADE spirit" via supplying vast inexpensive labor-force and the bleeding-heart sacrifice to survive in the hegemonic-imbalanced trading protocols).

Under the harsh environment, still, the island's economy resonated the global trends with the rambunctious vitality.

After the Martial Law was lifted, plus the competitions among the early "3 or 4 Asian Tigers or Dragons", Taiwan business people ( as well as a Political Party) found an easy route to China starting from the cultural/communicative incentives. For there was no language or less cultural barrier, except the politico-economic gap between Taiwan and China. Taiwan had the upper-hand with a basic tutelage of the democratic and international trade experiences, while China provided vast opportunities of inexpensive labor-force, lands, and the rest of needed natural resources for the Taiwanese opportunists and entrepreneurs to bid their fortune.

Last 2 decades, Taiwan entrepreneurs, indeed, as expected, have been hitting the jackpots in the humongous "Treasure Island" - mushrooming into many millionaires to toady's billionaires via the single-minded outsourcing and downsizing from Taiwan to China where all the dreams - countless money/opportunities, magnificent mansions, seductive sex all are easy to get. The taste of enormous and sweet success is undeniable, irresistible, and the most intriguing part of it is that it likes opium - extremely ADDICTIVE (樂不思屬, 食髓忘畏)!

Pragmatically speaking, it is necessary to continue a national socio-economic growth with healthy prospects. Usually, the developing countries tend to necessarily initiate the economic development to establish the financially sound foundation, and then the socio-cultural construction will find the nourishing ground. For the people, in the long run with the rising collective consciousness supplemented by the social media and alternative learning opportunities to be well-informed enough, will begin to challenge the false consciousness that sustains the status quo in questioning "what the goals are to channel into the endless and aimless economic development and expansion in a No-End Territory under the Totalitarian controlling regime to benefit a few top 1 to 5% population's life, 'liberty', and happiness?"

I see the concept and practices of The Logic of Growth has been dominating Taiwan for almost for 3 decades. In the US, many social groups and organizations since the early 60s have been advocating and pushing the concept of "The Limit to Growth". The environmental deficit, the well being of the mass working people, and edu-cultural enhancement (typically, in the Democratic Party's agenda) are the key tasks to be rendered in the different levels of governing and partnership. According to the article (attached below), if I did not read carelessly, Taiwan seemingly has been accumulating (if not housing?) tremendous Wealth to feed the SES inequality and ecosystem issues (both in Taiwan and China, though Taiwan's dynamic public-affair participation,  prevalent grass-root organizations, and well-organized social movements, as well as involving in NGOs have been evidentially progressive in environmental protection, and the rest of human and animal rights' advocacy), but in addition this sort of contribution, what else, and - the single-mindedness of accumulation of wealth, in the long run, FOR WHAT?

Are Taiwanese entrepreneurs perceiving that China may act nicely or be friendly to appreciate all the great business ingenuity, investing, developing, and hardworking they have done in China for the last 3 decades, and then imagine one day they can be unified under the 5-star-red-flag, then, shouldn't there be a proper Taiwan Emigration Policy for them to earn their Chinese citizenship and be proud of being Chinese in China now, instead of waiting? And interestingly, waiting for what? What makes you so hesitant? Want or need a Dual Citizenship of Taiwan and China? Would you like to create one?? 矯胯魎佻船- works ??? Is this one of the largest roadblocks or "mysteries" for a Citizen Referendum?

The Continuously taking on the privileged and advantaged role of the fence-riders who grab the small Peter to ingratiate the HUGE Paul, fundamentally, is another one of the most problematic issues in Taiwan. Why, just ask where HAVE all of the most important investing capitals- money, technology, ingenuity, experiences, human capitals/employments harvested from Taiwan, multiplying in China during last 3 decades BEEN GONE? China, being a poor country 3 decades ago, indeed, deserves sympathy and help, but, now a rising sun. What and how is China able to "quid pro quo" for the Taiwan Business elites' economic Samaritan acts? How mysterious is it, if really inexplicable, in the Nature of the Regime that confounds those intelligent bureaucrats, entrepreneurs, and the social elites?

"殺蟻不用雞刀?? 以子之矛攻子之盾??"-
Surrendering a whole Nation's Dignity is not a difficult task! Most of local Taiwanese, during last 6 decades's  endeavors, blood, and sacrifice for democracy built in the Far-Eastern region may be vanished within a blink if not the tenacious GUTs, and the spirit of David challenging Goliath. Since the poli-military maneuvers can be sensitive and blatant for the international Peace Watch-dogs, why not conducting a war without dripping a drop of blood because of the well-versed tactics of the Unification Front via Economy (stuck in the honey fly-trap) that we were so well versed when we were young- do you remember that? (兵不血刃, 連孩子"孫"子都知道).

What about the psyche-nightmare haunted by the econ-political turmoils created by the smart, intelligent top 5 %'s entrepreneurs, inertial bureaucrats, and the fence-riding social elites whose wishful and whimsical gambling deeds can never be more careless for the hope and the future of Taiwanese people?

As to the ruling elites, I mentioned in one of my previous posts- it has been the predicament of the central government sandwiched between the wolf and the hyena in the goe-political narrow chasm. But, having said so, people deserve not to be deprived the right to hope, to dream, to pursue, and to build the society of life, liberty and happiness. This goal shall be prevailing and recognized in the international community. Now, I quote from my previous post "Though I might not have the right or privilege to say that 'things that cannot break you, make you stronger', 如果 humanity 有情有法有理, 終會給臺灣一個歷史上的公道. I know I might sound Pollyanna-ish, but, still keep hope with rational-collective actions if one's self-determination is strong enough...Be Strong to against the game of "divide and conquer" - indeed, 夾在"兩個強梁"之間, 動則見咎- 不是好玩地.

Internationally speaking, Taiwan has been approaching to A democratic, free-open nation for at least 3 decades- 當自由民主開放的素養- 如臃成蝶- 有目共睹於世的時刻 (which the whole world is witnessing) !!!!!再加上這麼多年的 莊敬不自戕, 杵變不矜的 - "殺豬拔毛" - 氾軍事政治經濟教育策略下的 靂練, Taiwan has established solid status as a democratically successful Country in the Far-Eastern Asia! So, 要比財大氣粗, 也許Taiwan 沒那個雅興! But, 國際間並非完全瞎朧, 民主自由指標是Taiwan 最強大的武器. 它會決定 Taiwan 的國格, 器勢, 與前途!!世界上比臺灣小的國家不在少數, 它們還不是活得是有品有格的. In the US, people protect, embrace, exercise the precious 1st Amendment to guarantee a healthy society's development. It prohibits the making of any law respecting an establishment.... abridging the freedom of speech, infringing on the freedom of the press, interfering with the right to peaceably assemble or prohibiting the petitioning for a governmental redress of grievances ( - as one of the ten amendments that constitute the Bill of Rights). Taiwan, indeed, has been progressively working toward these basic human rights for 6 decades.

Now, turning into a microscope - we, the people's perspective(nothing really new
-老飯 重/heavily 炒, just some familiar questions associating with 國家認同與定位, 以及重大民生課題):

Seemingly, there is tiny hope, as the attached article intended to exemplify the successful Entrepreneur Mr. 張忠謀 who would not outsource and downsize from Taiwan.

The questions are-

How many Tycoons and big entrepreneurs will share the same outlook of econo-political vision as Mr. 張's?

What is the fundamental politico-economic policies that can provide Taiwanese people with basic hope and future, in particular, the general population, the underprivileged, as well as the disadvantaged?

How BIG the money is to be HUGE enough plundered without damaging Taiwanese people's well being?

How long do Taiwan's entrepreneurs have to nanny China's growth at the cost of Taiwanese working people?

What do the bunch of rich and powerful advantaged and privileged (I have repeated so many times - the oscillating bureaucrats (使我想起國畫中的沒骨畫), too-big-might-fail entrepreneurs, and smart-fence-riding social elites) really need to loot (if anything precious, left...) from Taiwan for China?

How many people in Taiwan want or need to be Chinese (move to China), and how many don't want to? This part of question is getting tricky, for saying is much less complicated than doing.

In the nutshell, as this renowned cliche goes - Not until the last fish is caught, the last tree is cut, the last river is polluted, do the human beings realize that they cannot eat MONEY only.

Now, turning back to the bigger society - the international community again, from a different perspective : 騎高山看馬相踢- 可能是好戲; 坐享魚翁之利 - 也不壞! !- 實在不喜歡這兩/魎粗爛戲- 卻輪番上演! Some of you have been witnessing what Taiwan has been taking on the role of Mighty Mouse, Pop- Pie, and Rambo in 過關展將-孤軍憤戰 riskily engaging in "transformatively" work with China at the FRONT-LINE for more than 3 decades, without efforts/input from this GREAT world, instead, just by pulling out this easy card to play with - is this an international issue vs. domestic dispute??? (quote from my previous post).

Taiwan 對世界&大陸是 如此鞠供盡脆 (有時是一廂情怨, 有時是情飛所願), 在深入不毛, 箄路蘫縷, 終得採得百花成蜜後, 難道要臘炬成輝- 累死肝??- are there, any conscientious people/countries who still believe in Humanity, still believe in justice, liberty, peace and the basic human rights... to face such a dedicated, capable, hardworking, and genuine Member-Taiwan- in the international community?

On the other hand, 世界上比臺灣小的國家不在少數, 它們還不是活得是有品有格的.

The puzzling bottom line- What does Everyone (big or small) NEED OR WANT from Taiwan, HOW and WHEN? -我的天問!

A short conclusion:

There might not have feasible solutions available for a certain period of time, but the world is constantly in change - and change comes from hope and actions for a better future and a humane world...

Finally, I cannot help being uncouth to compose the following long sentence. I apologize for my "reckneckedness" : 誨/悔/譭謗莫若自修 (seemingly - to me too :)!) - 騎牆/戕者, 產官學商特權既得利益者, 坐享其成者, 高枕無憂者, 耍嘴皮者, 投機者, 門前雪掃者, 靜觀其變者, 見風轉舵者, 軟骨沒骨者, 阿Q者, 事不觀己者, 西瓜倚大邊者, 隔岸觀火者 (am I? what about you?), 同床異夢者, 琵琶別抱者, 各據山頭者, 藍綠林當/擋道者, 米虫者, 危恐天下不亂者, 潑富罵街者, 暗渡陳娼者, 以及裡應外和者........這麼多者- 真是廟小也! 這兒我也許引寓失意- 但看以色列, 日日靣對浩瀚的阿拉伯世界,除了置之於死地而後生, 退此一步即無死所之外, 還有什麼! 希望這樣的山瓊水勁, 柳按花鳴的處境, 也許臺灣有一天會有!!!  ( 才幾行方塊字, 打得我疲爬竄 !真沒路用...還想敲邊鼓! 門兒都沒有 ! )

不過也是要繼續相互打打氣與祈祈福! 人各有志. 要聚要散, 行不得也哥哥姐姐地! 也許這就是臺灣與Israel 以色列最大的不同處.

但是與其 再當一次 政經奴隸 與 經神上的亡國奴之外, 不如集思廣義, 深信應必有眾志成城的正氣天地存在 : Thus, to those coward, privileged, advantaged, opportunists, fence-riders, parasites, blessing you too and hope - not to block the way that people are fighting for your freedom and democracy...For "all it will take for evil to prevail is for good people to do not"...
Plus a short note to end this mumble-jumble: this is nothing to do with the DOG FIGHTING political-sitcom entertainment: between a humongous big and a tenacious small, but as you wish :)!

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Cheryl Chiang Catalano Well said! Thanks for sharing. Going to repost.
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Crystal Huang I checked my email. A friend (I don't know his/her name) shared thoughts which have good ideas. So I would like to post here to share with you. Hope s/he won't mind. My response was posted too.
台灣為何要發展海峽兩岸區域經濟, 說明如後
如果台灣能以新政治思潮突破舊思考窠臼,成功運作新政治, 完成台灣人民新政冶制度,並 能有新經濟作為, 則當然要走這樣的道路.

然而,就算當今全民一致把國民党趕下台, 除非你不要和中國大陸發生關係經貿,全部切斷兩岸關係, 台灣新接班領導人仍然要概括承受並執行前朝所有對外所簽訂之經貿協議事項 (包括海峽兩岸)

個人以為要帶領學生先要讓學生(學生之定義並非只指民進党派系認同者, 而是全國所有的學生) 以及 全民都能讓所有的學生了解到台灣過去所有對外政經近代史,了解個中之原由, 才能有資格參与國事論談;以超然的立場提出意見和見解,作為新政決策之依歸, 這其中我們要了解美國前後對華立場的轉化,時間往前拉: 玆因中國和北韓爆發韓戰,美國始決定力守金門馬祖和台灣澎湖, 但是大陸自從改革開放以來, 美方立場鬆動,方向轉變,同時派遣美國藉的前國策顧問黃昭淵先生(台灣第一個哈佛大學博士)前往北京擔任主持科技組組長,接引北京走向自由經濟社會成員, 企圖吸納中國, 推進中國入世, 進入國際商貿金融體系當中. 由此大陸慢慢壯大成長,相對的台灣的國際關係力道卻逐漸趨弱.
前國策顧問黃天麟認為海峽兩岸經貿投資過於集中大陸, 台灣終會被人家統去, 只是希望這個時閒點不要來得太早, 要維持拉長台灣經貿上的自主權. 依廣東黃大仙廟基金會估計: 認為兩岸統合會在2048年完成,屆時舊共產主義思想團體全盤崩解, 展現全新的中國.
相當年日本幕府德川家康家族也是運用兩手策略和皇族結姻視, 始能在時代巨變中屹立不被清算,台灣的未來何去何從呢?個人以為當講閩南話之台灣人仕能夠不說中國話, 把閩南話當國語,....
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Greetings, indeed, allying with the powerful is one of great strategies to consolidate the network construction (which royal families in the Monarchical societies, in particular, Europe, did not do that? 合番/藩 happened in Chinese History, too. 德川家康 (とくがわ いえやす Tokugawa Ieyasu) 是豐臣秀吉 五大老首席. 他在秀吉病逝前,安排與部分大名進行婚姻,又在秀吉死後,私自分封領地. 他的氣勢人脈 廣播幕藩體制, 是日本1598年至1616年的實際領導人. If Taiwan sometime develops into that power structure like "德川家康's", maybe there will be enough weight to leverage the situation ! ???? Not many people can ensure the developing trajectory of the both sides of the Taiwan Strait. Many alternatives have been proposed, yet, unfortunately all are circumscribed within a triangular-power grid. Keep status quo is the hard thing to swallow. Pragmatism is one of America's spirit. Being practical is a great way to survive. Idealism sounds very unrealistic, but still exists. Yep, practicability+integrity/principles = even harder to get. Thanks for sharing. Have a great Sunday. Li-chin

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Crystal Huang 騎高山看馬相踢- 可能是好戲; 坐享魚翁之利 - 也不壞! :)!- 實在不喜歡這兩/魎粗戲- 卻輪番上演! To the international community, some of you have been witnessing what Taiwan have been taking on the Mighty Mouse's and Pop- Pie's role in transformatively working with China at the FRONTLINE without extra efforts/input from this GREAT world, just pulling out this card - is this an international issue vs. domestic dispute???
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This is a short article from my friends Mr. H and Mr. 彭:








三是前瞻未來,拉大領先差距,台積電在先進製程永保領先。今年台積電將進化到二十奈米,張忠謀董事長時時扮演先知的角色,最近他出席半導體年會,又以「NEXT BIG THING」為題,預告未來半導體產業新方向:物聯網,穿戴式裝置及智慧家庭是下一波機會。他提醒業者必須掌握先進封裝,感測器與微機電元件整合,及超低耗能三大技術,才能敲開未來大門。專注未來變化,永保技術領先,是台積電成功的重要元素。




April 4 (Sa) 2014 Half a Million's peaceful protest in Taiwan- the "Sunflower Movement" Goes Global!

Crystal Huang shared a link.

Every Social Movement involves with Different Layers and Segments of resources, organizations, and mobilizations.  I just want to see and feel the energy of the involvement!! 

All it will take for evil to prevail is for good people to do not "(11 photos)
How does David fight against Goliath? Some snapshots of the peaceful Sunflower Movement, beginning on March 18, 2014, is still moving on!

Half of a Million students and supporters have been engaging a peaceful democratic protest against the World Biggest Fly-Trap's temptation since March 18, 2014. The authentic movement of David vs. Goliath - thriving for liberty, justice, and peace!

Taiwan's 'Sunflower Movement' Goes Global
Supporters of the Sunflower Movement have organized sympathetic protests in Europe, North America, and Asia.

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Crystal Huang Approximate 500,000 College/university students and supporters in Taiwan, peacefully gathered in front of the Legislative Yuan (Congress of Taiwan) to protest the Intriguing Service Trade Agreement between Taiwan and China.The Sunflower Movement began on March 18, 2014.

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Crystal Huang Eventually, the Maturity of Democracy in Taiwan has been blossoming since the 4-decades' Martial Law was lifted in 1987 (the Nationalist Government in Taiwan finally abandoned the"Reclaim China Policy").
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Crystal Huang 願您 慈悲為薪, 智慧如火♥! 平安漸進!

Song for today - I'm gonna be: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rynxm_GQEsI

500 Miles with Lyrics
Lyrics in Description when I wake up yeah I know I'm gonna be I'm gonna be the m...See More
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Crystal Huang Turning into turbulence is not difficult; keeping calm and moving on with perseverance- test GUTS and WISDOM.
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                    "I'm Gonna Be (500 Miles)"  Proclaimers

When I wake up, well, I know I'm gonna be
I'm gonna be the man who wakes up next to you
When I go out, yeah, I know I'm gonna be
I'm gonna be the man who goes along with you
If I get drunk, well, I know I'm gonna be
I'm gonna be the man who gets drunk next to you
And if I haver, hey, I know I'm gonna be
I'm gonna be the man who's havering to you

But I would walk five hundred miles
And I would walk five hundred more
Just to be the man who walked a thousand miles
To fall down at your door

When I'm working, yes, I know I'm gonna be
I'm gonna be the man who's working hard for you
And when the money comes in for the work I do
I'll pass almost every penny on to you
When I come home (When I come home), oh, I know I'm gonna be
I'm gonna be the man who comes back home to you
And if I grow old, well, I know I'm gonna be
I'm gonna be the man who's growing old with you

But I would walk five hundred miles
And I would walk five hundred more
Just to be the man who walked a thousand miles
To fall down at your door

Da lat da (Da lat da), da lat da (Da lat da)
Da-da-da dun-diddle un-diddle un-diddle uh da-da
Da lat da (Da lat da), da lat da (Da lat da)
Da-da-da dun-diddle un-diddle un-diddle uh da-da

When I'm lonely, well, I know I'm gonna be
I'm gonna be the man who's lonely without you
And when I'm dreaming, well, I know I'm gonna dream
I'm gonna dream about the time when I'm with you
When I go out (When I go out), well, I know I'm gonna be
I'm gonna be the man who goes along with you
And when I come home (When I come home), yes, I know I'm gonna be
I'm gonna be the man who comes back home with you
I'm gonna be the man who's coming home with you

But I would walk five hundred miles
And I would walk five hundred more
Just to be the man who walked a thousand miles
To fall down at your door

Da lat da (Da lat da), da lat da (Da lat da)
Da-da-da dun-diddle un-diddle un-diddle uh da-da
Da lat da (Da lat da), da lat da (Da lat da)
Da-da-da dun-diddle un-diddle un-diddle uh da-da
Da lat da (Da lat da), da lat da (Da lat da)
Da-da-da dun-diddle un-diddle un-diddle uh da-da
Da lat da (Da lat da), da lat da (Da lat da)
Da-da-da dun-diddle un-diddle un-diddle uh da-da

And I would walk five hundred miles
And I would walk five hundred more
Just to be the man who walked a thousand miles
To fall down at your door

Friday, April 4, 2014

April 4 (F), 2014 2 Kinds of Memorial Days in Taiwan (Today's Taiwan's traditional Memorial-Tomb Sweeping Day - 清明節.)

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Today is Taiwan's Memorial /Tomb-Sweeping Day (清明節) - a time to commemorate the deceased-beloved ones and not to forget where one comes from.

In the US, Memorial Day is observed on the last Monday of May. It was formerly known as Decoration Day and commemorates all men and women, who have died in military service for the US. Most of the family members will visit cemeteries and memorials on Memorial Day and it is traditionally seen as the start of the summer season.

In Taiwan, there are two kinds of Memorial Day. The April 5 is traditionally observed as the Tomb-Sweeping Day (清明節). Most people visit cemeteries to clean up and decorate the tomb area.  The official Memorial Day (or Peace Memorial Day) is observed on Feb. 28 - to commemorate people who were killed in a Holocaust.  This Memorial Day was designated beginning in 1995 to heal the pain and suffering from a Massacre happened in 1947. Approximate 20,000 Taiwanese were victimized due to a historical tragedy entangled among Japanese (Imperial-Colonialism in Taiwan during 1895-1945), Chinese (the Nationalist and Communist Chinese, since 1947) imposing on local Taiwanese. Detailed info could be found in my thesis - A Multi-Level Analysis of 228 Social Movement (A Massacre) of 1947 in Taiwan, deposited in the General Library of UW-Madison, 1993

This tragedy has profound impact on the psyche of people in Taiwan.

The lighthearted part of this post is regarding the traditional Tomb-Sweeping one. The commemorating activities could be a little bit heavy or solemn. As time went by, some non-serious jokes were created to make the memorial event with a little bit casualness.
So, here comes one of the well-known scary-funny-ROTFLMAO story- Rolling On The Floor Laughing My Axx Off!  Read one more time and repeat the ROTFLMAO !

清明節~~~~~~笑話 Thanks for 傅守正's sharing

有一女子夜晚下班,被一好色男子尾隨跟蹤,美女很害怕,此時路過一片墳地,好色男子正要下手, 美女當機立斷走到一座墳墓前,美女說:「爸爸,開門吧!我回來了。」


美女為自己的聰明,得意地樂了起來,哪知笑聲未落,從墳墓裡,傳出一個陰森森的聲音說:「女兒 ,你怎麼又忘記帶鑰匙了呢?」










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Crystal Huang Now I am making a quick translation... stay tuned !
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黃麗月 :-):-*:-D
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Barbara Burchjolla Sounds like vampires.
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Crystal Huang I am working on a quick translation of this ROTFLMAO.
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Crystal Huang A brief translation:
A beautiful lady left her office and was heading for home. A stalker was following her. She was so frightened while approaching to a cemetery. The bad guy found the opportunity to harass her. She suddenly hurried toward to a tomb and talked to the tombstone “ Dear Dad, please open the door! I am HOME WITH YOU now”. The stalker heard the short murmuring of the lady, dashing away instantly.

The lady was very proud of her quick-wit with complacence. Then suddenly, from the grave, an eerie sound appeared “ Daughter, how could you forget your key again?” All of a sudden, the young lady screamed away!

Right after that, a graveyard thief, behind the tombstone, crawling out, grudgingly murmured “ Damn, the young gal, disturbed my business! I scared you to death!!” And then, the thief suddenly found an old ghost-like man with a chisel chiseling the tombstone.

The thief was curious and asked him “Why are you doing that?” And the the old man replied with an angry tone,“my stupid offspring misspelled my name. Well, I had to get out of my casket to correct it by myself.” Shockingly, the thief ran away instantly.

Looking at the running away graveyard thief, the old man grumbled “Damn you, completing the business with me ??! Surely, I frightened you to death!”  While condemning, accidentally, the old man’s chisel fell onto the ground. He bent down to pick it up, and then suddenly a scary hand sticking out from the grave grass pile, and a cold icy eerie sound scolded, “How dare - who is changing my name??"
The old chiseling guy, ran away in no time!

Finally a waste-picker (scavenger) sneaked out of the graveyard grass pile and picked up the chisel with a self-talk:  “Life is really difficult - even though just collecting a piece of rotten iron tool, I had to plot all these twists-and-turns!!”

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Thanks for an fb friend's post of this - 笑一個吧~

最幽默的現代警語: 孟子託夢說:


April 4 (F), 2014 A Global -Hegemonic -Triangular Love

April 3 (Th), 2014 The Enigmatic Sound

Learning and Teaching of Crystal Li-chin Huang


Crystal 2011 Curriculum Vitae

Teaching Experience:

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

Professional Experience:

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

Civil Servant:

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
(ABD status).

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

Affiliations /Associations

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