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Saturday, August 5, 2017

Aug. 5 (Sa), 2017. What causes the snail without shell? 追尋有巢氏...

A thought on Taiwan's Housing Movements:

Seemingly, this is an everlasting issue confronting humanity: The wealthy landowners/landlords, (not including the ownership with proper land-stewardship for the needs and well-being of the most people), most of them own the lands via inheritance, conquering/invasion, land-speculation, or practicing renter-ism to make huge profits with minimum efforts from the haves-not (reminding me of some vivid descriptions in the book "Evicted"). The major issues caused by this phenomenon are housing problems, poverty, and social instability globally.

This is one of the most severe types of socio-economic inequality/inequity ever existing on this planet.

Taiwan, no exception! The irony is that most governments , in particular, super-Captialism moocher (indeed, respecting the humongous private properties, protected by the RICHly written constitution), sitting on the bench to allow it to happen, if not being the culprits, while Communism has been much ado about something...



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Xena Crystal LC Huang My baby-sister who passed away last summer, was one of the victims, being a shell-less snail, enduring the brutal renter-ism for a long time in Taiwan...

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Xena Crystal LC Huang I barely escaped it when I was young in Taipei many years ago.

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Xena Crystal LC Huang There are several housing movements going on in Taiwan. I got this site, as an example https://www.facebook.com/housingmovement2.0/?pnref=story
巢運:無殼蝸牛全面進化
Non-Governmental Organization (NGO)



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Xena Crystal LC Huang Just found one of my old posters -


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Xena Crystal LC Huang 支持有巢氏運動, 倒不是眷念生不帶來死去的脚下方寸之地, 而是不忍坐視迄这亙古以來最残酷的人類不平的事実...
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Xena Crystal LC Huang I found an old FB Notes posted last year: https://www.facebook.com/notes/xena-crystal-lc-huang/022616-f-how-to-earn-the-identity-of-landownership-this-is-your-land-the-reality/10153879653330874/


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02/26/16 (F) How to Earn The Identity of Landownership: This is your land – the reality of “有土斯有財” vs. the myth of “住者有其屋”





My NTU classmate Steve Chen shared with me a rich message about Madam Chiang Kai-shek/ Soong Mei-ling (蔣宋美齡). She lived in the US after a disappearing political entity built by her husband in Taiwan, and died at age of 106 in 2003 in America. Currently her Long Island mansion was tagged with $1,108 million dollars on the real estate market (the following link provides detailed info about this super-high-end with historically unique-value property. By the way, 大概有人會問: " 是國產呢? 還是黨產?? " http://mp.weixin.qq.com/s__biz=MzAwMTA2MzY5Mg==&mid=400233644&idx=5&sn=df4d27942b14a2539adb3906d57300cd&scene=2&srcid=1105O26PfGnL3rQfBa04c5l7&from=timeline&isappinstalled=0#rd ; meanwhile my the other classmate James wrote about housing conditions in Taiwan. These two messages remind of what happened 3 weeks ago when I took a bereavement leave to go back to Taipei to attend my dearest sister's funeral. During the whole week I stayed at my brother Fu's home (where I grew up when I was young with my parents and siblings). Brother Fu is the only sibling among 8, who owns a business and has a financially sound living condition. He always encourages me to go back to Taipei.
(Attached below is a very old picture of our small home lived with extended family members, which my parents purchased in Taipei via my father's selling roasted nuts and fresh fruits. It was remodeled later, and brother Fu and his family, now, are living there).





I casually chatted with him with a joking tone, "If I put all my pensions and some savings together, maybe I could afford a small place to live in Taipei, so I don't have to bother you guys when I visit Taipei..." Brother Fu, seemingly took my words seriously and said, "Ar May-ar (my nickname), let me tell you: I think all of your hard earned money via all of your working and teaching from the US - I have to be honest with you - those savings might not be enough to buy a piece of Brick of a small house in Taipei... So, don't worry, if you decide to come back, you still can choose to stay with us..."
Though just a short chat that might sound so much exaggerated, I took it as a casual conversation, since so far, I am the only sibling that brother Fu and his family deemed as a "valuable" relative. If it were some of my other siblings who might not be financially successful as Fu, then that could be a different story. Definitely, I did not take it as a humiliation, sarcasm, or a typical "anti-intellect" sentiment that once in a while runs through family feuds, because, brother Fu, always expresses his appreciation that I am the only sibling encouraging him during darkest time of his life.
Nevertheless, it was still a shame - I thought about myself.... Many years ago, with 2 pieces of luggage and a big scholarship won through a 3-day National Competition, I landed on the US. I mailed money home whenever I worked, in particular, the amount of the scholarship which I won was from the hard-working Taiwanese taxpayers' money. I decided as long as I launched a job, all the amount of scholarship needed to be returned to Taiwan. So, my dear friends and folks, are you still expecting me becoming a famous professor or a Nobel prize winner some sort like that? Frankly speaking, NOT in my life time- be candid with you guys, because today, I am still paying a couple of mortgages through my teaching pay-checks :)!

Recalling the past, and looking at the current progress, obviously, many contemporary Asian students sent by their parents to America have enjoyed better learning and living conditions.  Since a couple of decades ago, I started teaching at two Universities and currently a Technical College, I have the opportunity to teach and interact with students from Taiwan (the student population in the US have been dwindling drastically, though), China, South Korea, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore and the rest from Southeast Asia, due to the flourishing economy and rising living standards. Apparently, compared to my early situation as an international student, their patterns of consumption are strikingly shocking to me. For examples, some of my students from the Far-eastern Asia at a previous University that I taught,  purchased new cars with cash, rented the high-end apartments, shopped at personalized stores, and visited their native countries almost every semester. When I was a student at UW-Madison with tight budgeted scholarship, I lived in the co-op to save rent, or got the sublease during summers and winters as the best as I could, looked for car-pools via the kind people who gave you rides to grocery stores, and worked part-time at a couple of libraries and restaurants for buying extra books. The average years of money I saved which allowed me to go back to Taipei was 3.5 years. That's why I always feel awkward when people's kind and casual chatting, "How is your summer/winter break? Did you go back to visit your friends and relatives?"
After graduated from my first school in the US, the jobs that I launched started from seven dollars and twenty cents per hour at a local News agency as ads layout and added with a monthly LifeStyle column. Then I met with some dear old friends from Taiwan, who invested lots of money on the US real estate and resorts, sent their children to the US for education, purchased cars and houses via cash, and are constantly busying in leisure traveling. It could be a sign of economic success in Taiwan at that time.

These are also great temptations to me : why not just quit my teaching job which constantly puts me under tremendous stress and demand as almost the only minority (in terms of racial/ethnic dimension) faculty member among 268 at my current work-setting ??? Thinking of going back to Taiwan, if not staying with my brother's family, then I would be a 100% 無殼蝸牛 (literally, a-snail-without-shell, popularly used in Taiwan, in particular, Taipei) - the landless/ homeless. How could it be and what a funny joke: the knowledge, working experiences with several hard-earned/ "invested credentials" from the US, would lead to such an incredible situation? By the way, a couple days ago I compared the kind-n-wise remarks of Jung with Gates on my blog. If they did say so, not from the mischievous posters, then I found them handy for my self-examining what kind of mistakes were made by my choices. It reminds me of one of the important concepts in sociology which I preach every semester while conflicting with Horatio Alger's "national zeitgeist"  regarding Max Weber’s notion of life-chance.







Understanding the simplicity hidden behind the above two positive and "inspiring" statements, now check with the invisible forces embedded in the human societies that C Wright Mills expounds arduously that without Sociological Imagination the mass will always be trapped in the taken-for-granted world and incapable of understanding the structural dimension of personal predicaments.

Coffin echoes this thought:






Reading smart or wise people's words might make us think why, who and how certain social structures have been so well-maintained and how tough it is to be "re-structured"- by whom and how?
Haven't the philosophers and most of the sociologists only interpreted the world, in various ways; the point is - let somebodies else change it?
Now returning to my key point, being a sociology instructor, whether fortunately or unfortunately, tangoing between academic practice and social reality, I have a wish: any social activists, reformers, or policy makers who dare to put a little bit efforts to tackle the "snail-without-shell" issues, without being labelled as a Saint. or a "brutal" communist , will win my vote or respect.

Regarding this historically man-made disastrous social problem, it happens to me with pains that I am able to manage, can you imagine the suffering of most people who have been trapped in the elephant-in-the-room social structure accepted as their fate?

In short, long time ago when I worked at the Congress (立法院-the Legislative Yuan, later at 行政院-the Executive Yuan) in Taiwan, “住者有其屋” 只當是個有屋有宅, 大廈連雲者的清涼口號. 到如今, 卻是官官相護, 官商勾結的業障... - both in the US. and Taiwan.
Note - If one has to use self-exposure (yes, the tightly guarded, priceless confidentiality) as a final resort to get a message out, then you can image the SEVERITY of the issue - What a big and ill Elephant in the room :)!
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他山之石 : In history, lands belonged to monarchs, aristocrats, warlords, churches, and later, the capitalists. Peasants, surfs and proletarians worked on the landowners’ lands/factories. Generally speaking, land reform involves different scales of changing laws, regulations or customs regarding land ownership in "some civilized" societies. History shows that most of the land reforms did not come easily, and oftentimes, the bloody revolts or revolutions were the norm.

 Just browsed through fb friend Andy Tung's post, and found how the Dutch deals with the housing issues:
“荷蘭社會住宅的現況與迷思” By Johanna Huang on October 6, 2014 in 社會 & 文化3




阿姆斯特丹 Wozoco 長青族住宅社區。(圖片來源:archidialog.com) 在荷蘭有超過三分之一的住宅單位是出租式社會住宅(台灣目前不到 0.1%),發展歷史已超過 150 年,制度上也相對完善,是因為荷蘭政府視居住權為每位公民的基本權利,而且近年來也成為其他國家社會住宅政策發展上的重要借鏡對象。為什麼荷蘭的社會住宅不會成為貧民住宅,也不會成為房地產炒作的工具呢? 其原因可分別從房地產市場、補助政策、成立住宅協會(Housing association)等要素說起,接下來此文將從不同的角度介紹與剖析荷蘭社會住宅的現況。 社會住宅給誰住?社會住宅很便宜嗎? 2013 年底荷蘭將近有 300 萬戶出租住宅,其中約 240 萬戶是社會住宅(註 1),佔全國 40% 的家戶數,有人一定質疑:為什麼一個國家需要興建如此眾多的社會住宅呢?難道荷蘭人需要政府救助的比例這麼高嗎? 以 2015 年為例,社會住宅的出租價格受到政府管制,房租不得超過 711 歐元/月,承租戶年收入則不得高於 34,229 歐元,才有資格申請承租社會住宅(荷蘭人平均年收入 37,876 歐元)。 依照此比例來看,荷蘭人可以申請社會住宅的資格,並非只鎖定在低收入戶和弱勢族群,不同於台灣社會普遍認為,中產階級既有能力負擔一般商業市場的住房。荷蘭政府較早就意識到社會住宅政策受益對象,不應只限定於傳統觀念中需救助的族群,無論是土生土長的荷蘭人或新移民,屬於低收入戶、身心障礙、長青族、單親家庭、社會新鮮人、甚至連ㄧ般家庭只要小孩比較多的,及被認定教育費用支出較高的雙薪家庭,都可在申請範圍內。其實在荷蘭社會住宅的租戶僅有約 5%,是供給無家可歸的人或無經濟來源的人居住。 出租社會住宅的關鍵單位:又是房仲、又是 NGO 的住宅協會 荷蘭社會住宅和ㄧ般房地產的租售市場是分開的,負責出租的單位是「荷蘭住宅協會(Housing Association)」,其擁有社會住宅的產權且負責租賃的服務,雖是不以營利為主要目的法人組織,因此賺來的盈利必須依法用於:增進該社區住宅的品質或空間維護;和社區管委會一起合作,防止社區犯罪、維護整潔、舉辦聯誼派對、維護社區運動休閒設施…等等。 除了能出租社會住宅,「住宅協會」視財務情況可「資金週轉」,將社會住宅出售或買回,售價以臨近的房地產價格為標準。為了避免投資炒作,社會住宅的銷售市場是受到限制的,社會住宅買主想將房地產脫手只能賣給原屬的住宅協會,賣出和買入價差有獲利或虧損由買主和住宅協會對分,這樣可以避免投資客炒作房價。 反觀日前台灣巢運的其中一項訴求:為確保障弱勢團體的居住權利,要求政府提供「只租不賣」的社會住宅;但另一方面,官方單位認為只租不賣的社會住宅,可能造成政府或住宅協會的營運虧損;雙方的衝突點,其實就在於無較健全的法源依據,可設立並規範專職處理社會住宅興建及租售的住宅協會,因此聽起來目前台灣的社會住宅建案,似乎只是創造了另一個讓建商炒房的新興市場。並非說不該開放社會住宅的買賣,但必須有ㄧ套完善的法源規範,才能避免落為投資客的炒房範疇。不過話說回來,在台灣不到 0.1% 的社會住宅比例,的確應該先以提供出租型社會住宅為首要之急。 社會住宅=貧民住宅? 當年荷蘭政府推動社會住宅的其一宗旨就是,為了要避免城市裡出現貧民窟,因此希望提供最基本的住宅單元,讓即便是弱勢居民也能夠住的舒服、健康。政策立意美好,雖然沒有了「貧民窟」,但荷蘭各地卻出現治安不好的「移民社區」(見圖,荷蘭台夫特 60 年代的 Poptahof 住宅社區),住著許多經濟條件相對弱勢的土耳其、摩洛哥、蘇里南裔等新移民戶,這些移民社區和荷蘭「主體社會」間的隔閡,也成為荷蘭甚至歐洲社會很大的問題。




荷蘭台夫特 60 年代的Poptahof住宅社區。(圖片來源:www.spaarhetklimaat.nl) 為了解決潛在的族群隔閡問題,荷蘭政府正在有計劃性地改建社會住宅。首先,讓部分社會住宅轉租,作為學生宿舍;其次,新的住宅建案必須結合一般和社會住宅,避免單一族群社區所形成的社會隔閡。 舉例來說,阿姆斯特的住宅社區 GWL-terrain 和鹿特丹的 The Red Apple 複合式住宅建案,都是將社會住宅和都市更新案結合在一起的案例,社區中同時存在社會住宅和一般私宅,外觀上並沒有什麼明顯的差異,這是因為政府透過補助社會住宅承租者的津貼,讓開發商和住宅協會,每月從社會出租住宅和一般出租住宅收取一樣的租金,進而維持住宅協會的營運利潤。









鹿特丹的 The Red Apple 複合式住宅建案。(圖片來源:KCAP Architects & Planners) 人人稱羨的荷蘭社會住宅制度,似乎是台灣值得追求的終極目標,但在這之中其實也充滿了許多迷思,希望此文能帶來些不同的見解,讓大家更深入地了解荷蘭的社會住宅到底是怎麼一回事。 註 1:所謂的社會住宅是由政府補助建造,合乎居住標準的房屋,以低於一般市場租金出租給收入較低或相對弱勢的居民,保障弱勢者的居住權益。
參考資料 1. Whitehead, C., & Scanlon, K. (n.d.). Social Housing in Europe. London: London School of Economics and Political Science. 2. 荷蘭政府網站 3. 再談荷蘭土地與社會住宅政策 4. 盧佳宜社會住宅可行性評估及具體措施
本文《荷蘭:只要想住,就有地方住》刊載於世界公民島雜誌,經同意轉登文章後增編內容,未經特定授權許可不得轉載。


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Xena Crystal LC Huang Madam Chiang Kai-shek/ Soong Mei-ling 蔣宋美齡 living in the US. after a disappearing political entity built by her husband, died at age of 106 in 2003. Currently her long Island mansion was tagged with $1,108 million dollars on the real estate market (her...See More

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Xena Crystal LC Huang http://www.wisland.cc/Main.php?stat=a_nmxnsev&mid=98 他山之石:

荷蘭有超過三分之一的住宅單位是出租式社會住宅(台灣目前不到 0.1%),發展歷史已超過 150…wisland.cc
Xena Crystal LC Huang Song for today without right-left wing labeling...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxiMrvDbq3s



Woody Guthrie- This Land Is Your Land
the great Woody Guthrie
Xena Crystal LC Huang
當政府明白指出, 田, 房, 地, 產不是不労而获, 投機快速致富的技倆時 (When a government honestly engages in housing infrastructure (both soft and hardware) and taxation as well as transparently tells her people that landownership is not a convenient mechanism for speculation, for 

greedy profiteering, or for undeserved earning then something happens):

Most Germans don't bother to own a house without Communist Revolutionary Purging on the vast- land owners and Land-Reform Turmoils as happening in China, Cuba, N. Korea, and the rest of regimes.

Most Germans don’t buy their homes, they rent. Here’s why
It's just a fact. Many Germans can't be bothered to buy a…
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Xena Crystal LC Huang How many Germanic style of Governments exists today...
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Last year, I was back to Taiwan to see my youngest sister who was in severe illness. My elder sister helping me look for a place for a short stay. Then we met a person who owned 12 units of new and spacious apartments in a 24-floor Mansion, was curious if we were interested in anything, (since I was from "America"). This person also has other properties for rent (while most of them were vacant....)

Then I thought about several dear friends of mine in Taiwan, who own vast lands, houses and mansions (most, due to inheritance or land-speculation - 炒地皮) - as expensive as those of Tokyo, while my youngest sister died due to the SSS (Shell-less Snail Syndrome)...

I am not a sour-grape/green eye type of person. I do admire and respect their capacity to own these super expensive commodities in Taiwan, but am also skeptical of the Taiwan's Government, like most of her kind - what she has ever done to the SSS people...
Xena Crystal LC Huang 这是我第一次對心爱的臺灣說重話

Friday, April 7, 2017

April 7 (F), 2017 The Dystopian Art of War: How to capture multiple birds with 1 intriguing stone

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Sir GaGa's screenplay - Act V, posted on March 18...


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Crystal LC Huang Per request, re-post : on March 18.
Song for tonight- "Who Sets the Political Dumpster on WildFire"
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Crystal LC Huang Per request, repost: on February 18 poster:
"Who Sets the Political Dumpster on WildFire" - appropriated from the Doors.


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Crystal LC Huang My simple question to this super-complex killing in Syria is - Who are those behind the smoke screen, set up the whole scenario of the chemical disaster? - nothing to do with conspiracy.

Crystal LC Huang My simple question to this super-complex killing in Syria is - Who are those behind the smoke screen, set up the whole scenario of the chemical disaster?
What about executing an preempt-war without "Executive Order" ??

For the attached poster below- The "King" of knowledge:
not a copy cat of president Dwight D. Eisenhower!
The top 1 to 5%'s wealth-power-technology complex.


Friday, March 31, 2017

March 31 (F), 2017 Personal issues vs. Social Problems and Social Change vs. Fatalism


我大學班代進源兄 轉發黃先生的文章節録如下:

"....  不管您信不信,在下總認為人生一切都是命,才會有一句「萬般皆是命,半點不由人」這個流傳已久的也是名言的俗語,也因為「天有不測之風雲,人有旦夕之禍福」這句話,才有了保險(Insurance)這個行業,亦即人生過程,都有人無法掌控,和不可預測的禍與福,所以、人才會須要買各種不同的保險,以防萬一。

如果人的一生的好壞命運,是可以由人,或是由自己掌控,或是靠後天的所謂補運,每年點光明燈,每年安太歲,每年,每月,每天早晚燒香拜佛,就會有好運,好命,那麼以台灣人是全世界最會拜神的習性,台灣應該是全世界最富有,最好命的國家,如果拜神是有用的,如果拜佛就能一帆風順,一夕成名,前程似錦,飛黃騰達,光宗耀祖,要什麼就有什麼,那豈不是更加鼓勵人類有不勞而獲的頭機心理。

譬如改運,改名字,點光明燈,安太歲,選擇好的地理風水,就可以改變人的命運,那何不乾脆由政府每年正式編列預算,為全民改運,改名字,點光明燈,安太歲,為全民選擇好的地理風水,使得這個國家的全國人民都一帆風順,前程似錦,飛黃騰達,這個國家豈不是就沒有窮人,也不會有命運不好的人,這個國家就富強

根據在下長期研究這個議題的結果,每一個人從生下來,就有一本上帝賜予的人生劇本,每天都按照著劇本在演出,所以,不能有NG,套一句台彎的俗語:未註生,就先註死,人生如果可以有目標的打拼和奮鬥,那父親當總統的,孩子豈不也可以根據這個目標,當總統,如果父親是全國首富,那孩子豈不也可以有一個目標,也來拼全國首富,總之、一切都是命在安排,平安健康最是吉祥!

又譬如有抽煙的人,罹患肺癌的機率肯定會比較高,但也,有煙隱很重的人,一輩子都抽很多煙,但是也沒有得肺癌,包括愛喝酒的人,罹患肝癌的比率肯定比較高,可是也有嗜酒如命的人,一輩子都沒罹患肝癌,所以、一切都與生俱來就已註定,台灣話有一句俗語:未註生,先註死,古人早有此一說,頗有道理!"
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Crystal LC Huang
我大學同學轉貼您的大作. 謝謝!!
不留錢給兒孫,死後不造墓 - 理性的觀念.(從前有傳賢不傳子蕓花一現的故事, 比如 禅讓.)

臺灣在 社會階級 (教育與就業機會,健保與薪資, 聲望與財富), 族羣, 性別, 權力結構上, 似乎比美國均等... 弱勢族羣 (非旣得利益者, 無旣得利益者) 似乎也比美國覺醒...
(是不是如此, 可能是個人的粗淺印象與偏見, 請不吝指正).

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Crystal LC Huang 很流行的理論: 所以, in this case, C, 請保持安靜 (等邊,,等腰,或直角,是特例). then, 掌權決策者可高枕無憂.  

臺灣的弱勢族羣 (非旣得利益者權, 無旣得利益者) 似乎比美國覺醒... ?? (若意見有偏差, 請不吝指正).


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Crystal LC Huang (打方塊字, 真是蜀道難,像烏龜爬門檻....)

再加一張上課用的階級理論教材,貼於下。至於宿命論,在此無法深入探討。



是誰? 是為什麼, 動不動就揮弄控訴"挑撥階級意識族群對立"的大旗?
為什麼俗話說  一  有錢王X做主席, 落魄鳳凰不如雞?
為什麼風光顯耀得意時是儒家,晦暗失意無意時是道家?

在民智難開, 或未開之際,  一般民眾是不問蒼生, 而問鬼神的. 聊以自慰/衛.
雖然政經教育大有進展, 衙門八字開, 有理無錢莫進來的官僚惡習餘疚猶存.
公民意識覺醒與公務參與, 需要長期的教育與實務訓練, 要不然天高皇帝遠,缺乏公民素養,潑夫/婦駡街的愎陋習氣難以減除.

至於文中提及求基督拜菩薩, 是人間世的一種自衛機轉; 它可象徵性地表現人民無力,無識,無門路, 無資源的一種傳統方便的心靈衛補法門。宗教信仰是不是人民的鴉片,心靈的超越,無助的撫慰,或人性的救贖,是見人見智的問題。

衆所週知,挑戰與改革社會體制談何容易!風行草偃乃需義民烈士。除非民眾意識到個人的"命" (ascribed statuses) 與"運" (achieved statuses, plus luck or opportunities), 雖先天影響後天, 而後天可改變先天, 但人的造化, 絶大部分是操縱在權貴集團的掌握中, 或既得利益團體的長期導至霸勢意識型態籠罩於社會, 以及制度化的錯誤認知與假象, 社會改革是難以成氣候.

歷史上除非人民被逼迫到無法生存的境地,官逼民反改朝革命才有可能發生。社會本身是個巨靈,有它基本存在的墮性以延續自身的生存,而愚民政策常是一種延年益壽的滋養品。也許渾渾噩噩,順帝之則,是烏托邦,或污拖邦的理想或離想?

西方也有句俗諺:Ignorance is a bliss ( 無知即是福 一 與老子的一些想法有異曲同工之妙。)
無知無識,半知半識,與有知無識等無奈蒼生,受制於制度與意識型態的的侷限或壓迫,潛意識,下意識,或無意識裏不得不歸咎於個人的宿命。至於大部分日暮西山者,大江東去盡淘浪,接受旣定事實甘於平淡。加上其他諸多政経窒礙, 至使群眾意識難以覺醒, 難成集體行動以改革現狀。

至於既得利益集團, 當然樂觀其矇, 居於幕後 - 法外悠遊.




Saturday, November 12, 2016

Nov 11 (F), 2016. A QUARTER Representative Democracy vs. Anarchistic/Mercantile Ruling ?

Crystal LC Huang



A Brand-New Model of Governing - which one is "Better" to the top 1 to 5 %:
A QUARTER Representative Democracy vs. Anarchistic/Mercantile Ruling ?

I saw this piece of info, everywhere... 53.1%, as usual, 1 out of 2 eligible voters don't vote. The plague of voting apathy has been lingering for so long... You know why, don't you?
In short, is this the 1/4 representative democracy...?

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Crystal LC Huang Voting turnouts from 1972 to 2012:

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Crystal LC Huang How could people tolerate this type of "minority" rule for so long in the name brand democratic country?
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Lisa Reeve I voted every presidential election. Shocked so many didn't. This explains a lot.
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Michelle Llerena Lynch When they produce a candidate worth voting for I will vote. Till then I refuse to conform to corrupt government, biased media, puppeteers, and an uninformed society.
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Michelle Llerena Lynch I do understand what you are saying. Plenty of people are outraged that I didn't vote. I really did think about voting; just couldn't decide which one was the lessor of two evils. I did my research on all of the candidates. Watched recordings of their rallies. Watched all the debates and felt nothing but disgust with the chosen two.
I know lots of people who had hopes in the beginning. Then when the final two candidates were chosen, lost hope. Most of them in the end didn't vote. They're are a few who have voted for over 40 years that did not vote for the first time.
This year was my eldest daughter was able to vote for the first time. She was disappointed with the two candidates chosen. Her father didn't care for either party chosen but decided to vote against his conscious. He encouraged her to vote. In the end she decided she would follow her conscious and not vote. I have to say I am actually proud of her. We homeschooled her and two very important lessons we taught her was to base her own opinions on her own research and to never conform to societies standards that go against her moral values.
So It's really hard for me to feel guilt or shame. In fact I agree with my daughter when she said I don't understand why anyone would vote for either canidates.
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Crystal LC Huang The voting apathy has been well researched, but solutions...well, nice planners might not be the good doers.Many proposals did not get enough attention and action. Here are some conditions we know very well (will be continued):

Condition#1 The catch-22 vote vs. not-to-vote,
has become the Biggest Voting Power/Powerlessness in
this country. Some of them are "overthinking" by-
standers who might inadvertently eliminate the lesser evil

Condition#2 I don't do "either/or, True/False" quizzes.
Condition#3 Politics and politicians? None of my business.
Condition#4 Whatever, anyone is welcomed to determine my
destiny. "One person, one vote, one voice- forget it"
Condition#5 To be honest, I don't know these people on the ballots.
Condition#6 I am so frightened to go to the voting booth.
Condition#7 Where is my "ward"?
Forget it, too cold, too hot, too far away....
Condition#8 I watch sports and play video games - too busy to vote
Condition#9 I only watch political dramas as a brain-teasing
entertainment.
Condition#10 ..............Now, I am preparing for breakfast,
will be back to continue more conditions.
Welcome your observations and thoughts....
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Crystal LC Huang Thank, Lisa, Michelle, to contribute good points (Sounds like the online American Government class discussion :D.)
At the individual level, a persona can only do/not-to-do this much. Again, the structural or systemic change or reform can be daunting.
It takes lots of education (both formal and informal) to wake up.
Some people want to invest on education, while others, need to divest it.
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Crystal LC Huang Without a big proportion of well-informed citizenry (via proper political socialization processes), voting is a finale of political dramas...



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Crystal LC Huang Yes, having a computer science minor degree facilitates me being a skeptical Luddite, while my Learning Technology Ph.D. diploma makes me unsure many things...



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Crystal LC Huang Indeed, cyber learning can happen anytime, anyplace, anyhow - cheap and quick. But building libraries in your home, does not make you a learned. Perhaps 5 to 10% could do that, just guessing...??



Crystal 2015 Curriculum Vitae

Teaching Experience:

Fall 2003 to present, Faculty, teaching Art Appreciation, American Government, Diversity Studies, Psychology, Sociology, and Social Problems 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 coordinator 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 of the 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.

Education:

Ph.D. Learning Technologies (previous Instructional Systems and Technology) , Department of Curriculum and Instruction, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities

Dissertation: Preferences, Pedagogical Strategies,
and Challenges of Instructors Teaching in Multiple Delivery Formats within A 2-Year College Context

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.S. 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.

Taipei Municipal First Girls' High School.

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

Skills

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

Certificates:

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

Research, Papers, Posters, Projects, publications, and Professional Development


Book

1993, Title :The February 28, 1947 Uprising in Taiwan:
A Multi-leveled Analysis of Collective Actions Author Li-Chin (Crystal) Huang
Publisher: University of Wisconsin--Madison, 1993
Digitized Feb 19, 2008. Length 172 pages

2004, Title: The Wonder of Tao: A Meditation on Spirituality and Ecological Balance.
Author: James Eggert.
Illustrations and Calligraphy by Li-chin (Crystal) Huang
Green Dragon Publishing. Printed in the United States of America and
the United Kingdom.

Theses/Dissertation

2015, Dissertation: Preferences, Pedagogical Strategies,and Challenges of Instructors Teaching in Multiple Delivery Formats within A 2-Year College Context. Dept. of Curriculum and Instruction, Learning Technologies (previous Instructional System and Technology), University of Minnesota-Twin Cities.

1997, Thesis Research Project: Integrating Multimedia Technology into Art Curriculum with Classroom Implementation. Wayne State College.

1986, Thesis: Thesis: Social Ideology and Gender Roles- Women's Issues in Contemporary society. Socio-political Science (the Graduate Institute of National Development), National Taiwan University.
Research Papers/Publications, Posters, and Projects

2012, title: Integrate Learning Technologies into A Social Science Course-Race, Ethnicity and Diversity Studies
https://drive.google.com/?utmmedium=et&utm_source=about&utm_campaign=et-about%23my-drive
Presented at the 28th Distance Teaching and Learning Conference
at UW-Madison, Aug, 2012.
Paper published in the Conference proceedings. https://drive.google.com/?utm_medium=et&utm_source%20=about&utm_campaign=et-about%23recent

2012, Project Presentation- STEMSS
Project presentation to the future- STEM scientists for the local district.
https://www.linkedin.com/profile/edit?trk=nav_responsive_sub_nav_edit_profile

2009, Title: “What is the Lived Experience of Designing and Teaching Multiple Delivery Methods -Live Meeting, Hybrid, Online, and Face To Face (f2f) within a Semesterat a Technical College Setting”?
Paper presented at the 2009 AECT International Convention, Louisville, KY
Published in the Convention Proceedings, and in the ERIC
http://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/ED511355.pdf

2009, Title: Learning Information Technologies as Empowering Tools to Narrow the Gender Gap in the Rural-Urban Spectrum - a Review from Global to Domestic Perspective (Project Leader: Dr. Susan Walker)
Paper presented at the 2009 AECT International Convention, Louisville, KY
Published in the Convention Proceedings, and in the ERIC
http://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/ED511355.pdf

2008, Title: Beauty and Artistic Beauty
Presented at University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, 2008
http://tinyurl.com/XenaCrystalLCHuang-A

2008, Title: Green and Dao
“The Wonder of the Tao-Six Meditation on Science, Spirit,
and the Future of Economics”
Presented at University of Minnesota- Twin Cities, 2008
http://tinyurl.com/XenaCrystalLCHuang-B

2008, Title: Freedom Writers
Presented at University of Minnesota- Twin Cities, 2008
http://tinyurl.com/XenaCrystalLCHuang-C

The next 5 accepted research projects, due to my job descriptions (mainly, as hired in a Non-Research Institution of the 2-year college setting, the school budget supports attendees, but not the researcher-presenters at that time), I was unable to attend/present to the conferences.

2015, Research proposal: Title:
“How Could It Be, Two Identical Online Deliveries in One Composite, and One Did So Well,
While the Other… ,
accepted by Association of Educational Communication and
Technologies (AECT) for presentation
at the 2015 International Conference.

2010, Research proposal. Title:
“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 a presentation
at the 2015 International Convention.

2010, Research proposal: Title:
“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 a presentation at the 2015 International Convention.

2010, Research proposal. Title:
“Live Meeting: Web-conference Triumph in Sociology Course
facilitation”, accepted by the League of Innovation for a
presentation at the 2010 Maryland Conference.

2010, Research proposal. Title:
“Constructing a Bio-ecological System of Teaching and Learning Environment for 2-year College”, accepted by the League of Innovation 2010 Maryland Conference

-----------------------------------------2008, Quantitative Research Project. Title:“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 collaborative research projects)

2008, Co-presenter: The 16th Midwest Quality Research Conference
Topic: “The Lived Experience of Relocated Teachers in Korea”,
at St. Thomas University.

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

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.

2007, research project presentation. Title: “Reflection on the Pedagogies of the Oppressor and the
Oppressed”, at University of Minnesota - Twin Cities

2007 The Four Asian Dragons.
Presented at Professor Husby's International Business program http://www.authorstream.com/Presentation/lchuang-229189-4-dragons-new-entertainment-%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20ppt-powerpoint/

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:

1.“The Trajectory of Women's Transformation via Education
- 3 Women's Stories”, at Rapid City, South Dakotahttp://www.authorstream.com/Presentation/lchuang-1577072-mini-cultural-presentation-%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20calligraphy/mini-cultural-presentation- calligraphy/

2. Story-tellinghttp://www.authorstream.com/Presentation/lchuang-224205-3-women-stories-%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20gender-presentation1-education-ppt-powerpoint/

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

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2014 Diversity Pedagogical Project
-The Gettysburg Address recorded in English, Mandarin,
and Taiwanese http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLR4PZFwrj-hN3un6lZg_ADXauCGe7JCCy

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)

CVACTE, EDUTOPIA

American Sociological Association.

Member of American Association of University Women (AAUW)

Governance Involvements

Executive Secretary of Li-ling Huang Gender Equity Memorial Endowment at Chippewa Valley Technical College (CVTC). (2016 to present).

Sponsor of the Tsai-Huang Memorial Endowment Scholarship at CVTC. (2007 to present).

Adviser of Art Club at CVTC (2016 to present).

Adviser of Diversity Student Organization at CVTC (2011-2013).

Co-chair of Professional Development Committee of
Chippewa Valley Technical College Career and Technical Education Association (2009-2011).

Chair of the Chippewa Valley Technical College Education Association Scholarship Foundation (2010 to present).

CVACTE Event/Year Book Coordinator (2010-11).

Representative of ALC (Academic Leadership Council –WTCS).

Representative to the Advisory Committees of Renal Dialysis, Surgical Technician programs.

Course representative of Art Appreciation and Diversity Studies.

Nominations and Awards


2013, nominated to the Teaching Excellent Award at Chippewa Valley Technical College.

2010, nominated to the Teaching Excellent Award at Chippewa Valley Technical College.

2006, nominated and the recipient of the Regional Outstanding Teacher of Chippewa Valley Technical College.

2001, nominated and the recipient of the Outstanding Contribution to UW-System and Women of Color representing UW-Stout in 2001.

Activities in Taiwan

- 1988: Elected as the Supervisor
of the National Congressional Assistant Association, Taipei.
(首屆國會助理協會監委)

- 1987-88: Delegate of Taiwan, invited

by both Congresses of Taiwan and the U.S. to observe the

Primaries and Causes in New Hampshire and Iowa as well as

followed the Presidential campaign trails.

- 1984-85: Summer and Winter Camp Speaker. (奉派執行冬令夏令營巡迴演講)

- Twice Campaign Coordinator and Speaker, and later,
the Speech Writer in the Congress. (問質詢總主筆, 競選文宣策劃, 選民服務)

- Executive Secretary and member of Taipei Women Rescue Foundation. (台北婦女救援會執行秘書長)

College and Graduate School at National Taiwan University

- Vice Chairperson

of the Graduate Association of National Taiwan University.

- Due to a National Crisis, I joined the Army Academic.
A retired Captain since 1985.

- Four semesters top 3% students of Sociology Department,

National Taiwan University.

- Selected, members of softball and volleyball varsity teams,
National Taiwan University.

Non-Academic Publications/Writing:

· Calligrapher and illustrator

of The Wonder of the Tao-Six Meditation on Science, Spirit,

and the Future of Economics by Jim Eggert.

A Human Trade Group Publisher, FL., 2004.

· Karma Ode, Burning Snow-Poetry, 2002, (in process).

· "Introductory Miao (Hmong) History and Culture by Tinqgui Li":

Translation,(collaborated with Steve Vang.) Wisconsin, UW-Stout. 2001.

· A Comprehensive History of the Chinese Miao (Hmong) by Xingfue Vue.

Translation. (collaborated with Steve Vang.), Wisconsin, UW-Stout, 2001.

· 10 articles related to cultural phenomena
for the Dunn County News, 1998-1999:

1. A thought to the Humane Society.

2. Homeopathy- a look from a tradition medical perspective.

3. The sociocultural perspective to Mulan.

4. Gua Sha-the traditional home remedy.

5. Halloween in the U.S. vs. Ghost Festival in Asia.

6. Organic products and its co-op practice.

7. Bosnia first hand report-Military sisters.

8. A cultural-sojourner's multicultural perspective.

9. Mini international house-visit the "Sharon the ambassador".

10.The legends behind Chinese New Year in Taiwan.

Selected writing/proposals as A Congressional Aide:

· “Women and Social Order,”

The Research and Assessment Monthly, Taipei, Taiwan, 1990.

· “The Interpellation to the Central Government”

- a compilation of 3 volumes (300 articles) relating to social welfare

and political system reformation drafted by me when working at

Congress,1986-88.

Some articles related to Women's issues are:

1. A proposal for "Equal Right, Equal Pay and Equal Opportunity of Employment

for both genders." September 29th,1987, the 80th session Legislative Yuan.

2. A proposal to Establish the "'Ministry of Women's Affairs'

to implement the Social Welfare for Women."

January 6th, 1988, the 80th, session, Legislative Yuan.

3. An interpellation on the issue of the Dilemma of

Single Parent and Divorced Women. January 19th,

1988.the 80th session, Legislative Yuan.

4. An interpellation on the issue of "the Myth of Marriage and

Increasingly Dysfunctional Families in contemporary society."

January 18th, 1987, the 80th session, Legislative Yuan.

· Personal Quantitative Research Project:

"Gender and Political Tolerance-The Study of Dane County,

Wisconsin." UW-Madison, 1992.

Hobbies

Enjoy reading, writing, poetry, music, cooking, visual art-making, nature and pet-caring.

Like to play basketball, ping pong, volleyball, tennis, softball, swimming, and hiking.

Li-chin (Crystal) Huang

Chippewa Valley Technical College

620 W. Clairemont Ave.Eau Claire, WI 54701

Email: Lhuang@cvtc.edu

WebSite: http://ci8395.blogspot.com/

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Learning and Teaching of Crystal Li-chin Huang