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3303 Edition

June 15 - 21, 2015

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What Should An Aboriginal Curriculum Guideline Be Like?

 

Reported by Chiu Kuo-rong

 

Among recent hot debates and upheavals of curriculum guidelines in Taiwan society, the problems of what an aboriginal curriculum guideline should like and how could it be done started to attract the attention of the Taiwan public and aboriginal society.

 

On June 11, there was a seminar, hold by Indigenous Research and Development Center of National Taiwan Normal University, discussing what kinds of aboriginal content with an autonomy-aware curriculum guideline should be like?

 

Prof Wang Ya-ping, associate professor of department of ethnology from National Chengchi University, pointed out that it is relatively easy for the Taiwan aboriginals to set up their own education guidelines based on current legal frameworks: Local Self-Government Laws, Education Act for Indigenous Peoples and The Indigenous Peoples Basic Laws.

 

Advantaged in legal stipulations, though, Wang said the main obstacles obstructing the realization of a relatively free aboriginal educations were: a mainstream education system dominated by Han-culture, ignorance of aboriginal cultures(even in academicians and experts) and the worry of trying an distinctively aboriginal education and then the aboriginal would be distanced from Taiwan society.

 

Contrasting with the successful example of the Mauri in New Zealand, who are endowed and respected with a distinctive education system and curriculum guidelines, Wang lamented that many education experts in the Committee of Curriculum Development of the Ministry of Education, in which she served as one of the committee members in 2008, did not even know the existence of the Education Act for Indigenous Peoples. Worse is that these education experts from Han-culture showed their contempt of the existence of any writing culture in aboriginal societies, which is so crucial to the survival of the aboriginal society.

 

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 

Followings the hot debate of curriculum guidelines in high school, issues of the aboriginal autonomy-education and her curriculum guidelines started to attract the attention of Taiwan public and aboriginal societies. A seminar of the aboriginal education and curriculum guidelines, sponsored by Indigenous Research and Development Center of National Taiwan Normal University, was held on June 11, 2015.

 

Photo by Chiu Kuo-rong

 
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June 15 - 21, 2015

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TAUP Condemns KMT Betraying Taiwan Society's Consensus On Constitutional Reform

 

Reported by Chiu Kuo-rong

 

On June 12, a press conference was held by Taiwan Association of University Professors(TAUP) strongly condemning the Chinese Nationalist Party(KMT) for her shameless obstruction of the constitutional reform demanded by Taiwan society.

 

There were four amendment bills submitted to the Constitutional Amendment Committee of the Legislative Yuan. Democratic Progressive Party(DPP) and other minority parties supported the bills of lowering of the voting age (to 18) and loosening the threshold for parties to secure representations in the legislature. Yet, KMT preferred the bills of absentee voting and the legislature's power to approve the premiership.

 

The critical point of the whole issue is that DPP and KMT had different opinions over the legislature method: whether these constitutional reform bills should be amended separately or as a package. DPP and minority parties suggested to put down the contentious bills, meaning KMT's bills, and let go the bills already got consensus; yet KMT insisted to bundle their preferred bills with the consensus bills together.

 

As June 16 was the last day of Taiwan's legislature's plenary session and the last chance to pass in time the bill of the constitutional amendment for a referendum to take place alongside next year's presidential and legislative election, TAUP stood up to condemn KMT's betrayal of the will of Taiwan people and urged Taiwan citizens also to denounce such constitutional breach.

 

Prof Lin Hsiu-sin, Vice President of TAUP, pointed out critically that "[Taiwan's] constitutional reform is a serious business, i.e. building the foundation of our own country, but KMT takes it as a power game only. This means KMT refuse to recognize ourselves as a state and bluntly castigate the rights of the Taiwan people. As a matter of fact, KMT is only a parasite-like party, Taiwan need not play its host".

 

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 

On a press conference, held on June 12, TAUP condemned KMT betraying Taiwan society's consensus on constitutional reform and urged Taiwan citizens to stand up for the constitutional rights.

Photo by Chiu Kuo-rong

 
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June 15 - 21, 2015

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Dr. Percival Cheal's Daughter Invited To Attend The 150th Anniversary Of PCT's Mission In Taiwan


Reported by Hwang Yi-lek

 

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of PCT's mission in Taiwan and to remember the 7th Superintendent of Sin-Lau Hospital, Dr. Percival Cheal, who served in the Sin-Lau Hospital from 1923 - 1931, Mrs Elizabeth Bridges, daughter of Dr. Percival Cheal, was invited by Sin-Lau Hospital to visit Taiwan and some PCT institutes.

 

On June 5, Mrs Elizabeth Bridges paid her visit to PCT General Assembly and well received by Rev. Cheng Yin-er, Associate General Secretary. She sent PCT a book written by his father and a family video footage recorded in 1920s and 1930s at Tainan.

 

The length of this family vedio footage is 38 minutes long. Its contents includes contemporary street scenarios, snap shots of people's ordinary lives over a century ago and interpolated by a reflective narrative of Jane - Elizabeth's sister - interviewed by Elizabeth. It is believed that this video footage will be a very precious gift for Taiwan's church history and Taiwan modern history.

 

Rev. Ng Tiat-gan, Secretary of PCT Church History Committee, expressed that this video footage would be stored at PCT Research and Development Center and Historical Archives of General Assembly respectively. In addition, the public can see this video footage on the internet: youtube/ZX85N_S4FSw.

 

Except Ms Elizabeth Bridges, many her families and friends from the Scotland and Welsh churches accompanied her during this Taiwan visit, notably including Rev. John Cairns Christie, former Moderator of the General Assembly of the Scotland Church. After they had attended the thanks-giving service and celebration for the 150th anniversary of PCT's mission in Taiwan at Sin-Lau Hospital on June 16, they turned to visit Chang Jung High School, Tainan Theological College and Seminary and Taiwan Church Press on June 17.

 

Translated by Peter Wolfe

 

Mrs Elizabeth Bridges(left), daughter of Dr. Percival Cheal who served as the 7th Superintedent of Tainan Sin-Lau Hospital from 1923 - 1931, sent PCT (represented by Rev. Cheng Yin-er[center] and Rev. Ng Tiat-gan[right]) a book written by his father and a family video footage at Tainan over a century ago with 38 minutes length. This video can be seen on internet: youtube/ZX85N_S4FSw

 

Photo by PCT General Assembly

 


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