Date: July 25, 2015
By Yuan-Ming Chiao
TAIPEI, Taiwan — Taiwan’s youth have demonstrated growing militancy in recent years with yesterday’s episode showing a sobering conclusion that the latest scuffle between students and police has wrought: the mobilization of the criticism of authority spearheaded by groups angered by government obstinacy. No one is talking to one another; reconciliation seems to be off the agenda.
Taiwan’s fractious history remains politicized. This is not however unique to Taiwan. During the 500th anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ “discovery” of the Americas, teachers and historians questioned the navigator’s exalted role in history textbooks used in the United States at the time. In the U.S., the role of science and religion concerning evolution and intelligent design has also led to the very same caustic debates on how children should be educated about their community and indeed the nature of their entire universe. [FULL STORY]