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Thursday, January 05, 2006


A photostory presentation about anorexia.

No Choice

Our social problem needs to be solved:
Last time I turned on TV, I s saw some people playing indecent games with bikini girls. I switched to another channel. I saw a group of people was discussing some political issues. Every one spoke with assurance, but no one really brought up a practical point. The functions of the media should be provide useful information to the public or entertain the audiences not disturb the society. However, we can see only troubled shows on the media, and no mistake the media in our society is sick.

When we watch TV, we often see the programs or news which are disgusted. No matter the media report exaggeratedly or the programs play the games which persecute other people or animal, these are the pictures we do not want to see. We have no choice. The only thing we may do is to switch the channel or turn off TV.

The best way to resolve problems is to spread people’s voice and let Government Information office know what people would like. In fact, if the mass media always spread some news with negative affection for people, just for gaining the high ratio or popularity, and lose their professional ethics, people also have their own choice to resist. In the nation based on democracy, people’s voice is the best weapon to govern and supervise the mass culture.

Besides, we may probably assemble a great of people to protest the mass media, which is harmful to the TV watchers. For those which disseminate fake information only for the high audience rating, we should censure these doings, and we also can cosign a lot of people to boycott those mass media. After that, we hope we may refresh the new tone of mass media and get a brand-new society.

Consequently, we can see the media abuse is one of our problems in contemporary society. Even though we live under this unfriendly environment, we are not pessimism and still can make efforts to change it. As students, we can have choice and turn positive view to face our problem and express our thoughts. No choice is only existed in the communist country. But hopefully, we are not. We have free choice to decide which mass media our audiences want. We have right choice to do the right thing instead of no choice.

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Nothing Last Forever-Learning From Losing

----- Original Message -----
From: Students at Wenzao Ursuline College of Languages
Sent: Wednesday, January 04, 2006 1:29 AM
Subject: To Contribute an Editorial From Students

Nothing Last Forever-Learning From Losing

From cradle to tomb, it’s inevitable that what we have earlier and lose later.
There is always something going on around you, somehow, of which you can
do nothing about it and see it happening. Losing is to changing as changing to life.
Life won’t be a life without the progress of changing. However, everyone has
emotions to deal with. Facing a village full of memories is about to perish is quite
sorrowful even though we’d learned that it’ll be gone sooner or later. It’s just a
matter of time.

In fact, veteran villages won’t be gone, but changing its look. The government
has declared that they would remove all the veteran flat houses. When the policy
was issued, we couldn’t help but felt depressed. It’s because that the place those
people used to live and laugh will never be the same.

We had to face the fact that veteran flat houses being pulled down for the
sake of city development. It’s hard to tell that it’s right or wrong. Although it’s kind of sad that policies that were made to demolish historied buildings so as to set up modern ones. However, an island nation like Taiwan, the government has to figure out a way to make the most use of its limited land so that people will be able to live a better life.

Losing is just another term for changing and changing is necessary to carry
on living.

Students at Wenzao Ursuline College of Languages
1092100025 Reggie Lin
1093100016 Daniel Liao
1093100030 Betsy Wen
1093100032 Jill Wang
1093100035 Claire Hou
1093100047 Jocelyn Chen

-- (The poem we choose)

One Art ~ BY Elizabeth Bishop

The art of losing isn't hard to master;
so many things seem filled with the intent
to be lost that their loss is no disaster,

Lose something every day. Accept the fluster
of lost door keys, the hour badly spent.
The art of losing isn't hard to master.

Then practice losing farther, losing faster:
places, and names, and where it was you meant
to travel. None of these will bring disaster.

I lost my mother's watch. And look! my last, or
next-to-last, of three beloved houses went.
The art of losing isn't hard to master.

I lost two cities, lovely ones. And, vaster,
some realms I owned, two rivers, a continent.
I miss them, but it wasn't a disaster.

-- Even losing you (the joking voice, a gesture
I love) I shan't have lied. It's evident
the art of losing's not too hard to master
though it may look like (Write it!) a disaster.

To Stop Child Abuse in Taiwan’s Society

Many incidents of abuse happen throughout the island of Taiwan every day, especially child abuse. Every time when the sever abuse case is reported in the news, the society may take briefly notice of the fate of the child. However, does the public really take an action to the issue? Our society never learns the lesson and everything will blow over until the next death of an innocent life.

Child abuse dose not occur unexpectedly. In fact, the affair is related to Taiwanese culture, such as immature marriage of teenagers. The young couples even have not learned how to take care of themselves, how can they nurture a young life?

Secondly, the long depression and unemployment will lead a person addict to alcohol or drug. The parents or partners are alcoholic or drug addict might cause abuse. After taking drug or drinking, the addicts who lose their mind will hurt the children.

Finally, parents pay for the babysitting. Due to the financial support, parents are always busy at work. Both parents do not have time to take care of their children. Thus, finding someone to look after their kids is the best way to resolve. If the baby-sitter is not professional, he or she will mad at the children and abuse them.

Child abuse happens every day. The case on the TV news or newspaper is the most severe one. How about the unrevealed ones? The whole society should take responsibility for the issue and prevent the child abuse from happening again and again in Taiwan’s society.

Watch the Group's photostory.

1093100018 Vera
1093100020 Kimmi
1093100026 Rebecca
1093100041 Melody

Give Us a Clean Kaohsiung, Our Dream Land

Give Us a Clean Kaohsiung, Our Dream Land
Chiang Tzu-yi, Jenny
[phone and address removed]
Kaohsiung City 807, Taiwan (R.O.C.)

As a citizen in Kaohsiung, everyone should be familiar with a scene which is many people get in the line in front of water station to buy daily using water. Bottle water and so called ‘RO pure water’ became required products in every resident’s house. Why can’t people in Kaohsiung get clean water? While everyone get used to buy water from water stations or convenience stores, how many of citizens still care about water pollution?

Be the second biggest city, gathering numerous heavy industrialized factories, and blending with feeding fowls and bestial, the quality of water in Kaohsiung became much worse through time. While people consider Taiwan as a developed country, our awareness to some environmental issues did not yet follow up.

Fancy slogans and deceitful promises are always announced during the elections. However, problems are not solved. Even the government enacted laws to restrict the emission of waste water from families, factories, and ranches, the collusion between government officers and the owners often delegalized or decreased the efficiency. Besides this, we all know to change the drainage system is the quickest and the most basic way to improve water quality, but lack of budget and long hours for this difficult job are two possible reasons to slow down the plan.

Except for government’s responsibility, there are some actions we people can do to save our water. Joining some events which aimed at ‘clean our seashore,’ bringing back our own trash and even taking back others’ are some simple actions we can do to show our concern of protecting the origin of water. To use our personal behavior to influence other people and strike for our pure water together. If everyone can put a little effort and pay a little attention to this problem, having clean water for our daily use is never a dream.

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Dear Aiden,

This is our letter to the editor.
If there is any problem, please let us know.
Thank you very much.

Jennifer 1093100002
Jenny 1093100003
Cliona 1093100004
Phoebe 1093100033
Bernice 1093100040

Heaven or Hell

Carrie's group's letter to the Editor 日期: Wed, 4 Jan 2006 01:10:58 +0800 (CST)
寄件者: carrie
主題: An editorial about the issue of losing weight

Dear sirs,
We are a group of senior students from Wenzao Ursuline College of Languages in Kaohsiung. We would like to express our concerns about the serious problem of losing weight. The article is attached with this mail. Thank you

Sincerely yours,

Hsiao-Wen Tai
Erica Tian
Stephanie Weng
Alicia Lin
Carrie Chang
Sibyl Lee
Heaven or Hell

Issues of losing weight are not news anymore, but they are the topics that we never stop talking about. We saw celebrities or TV commercials everyday telling us how their ways or products can help us cut down our weight. But is it really true that “slim is more beautiful”? We think most people, especially young women, were misled by the wrong sense of value from the media, so they become more aware of their body shape. On the other hand, the glamorous of these people caused more doubts and stresses for women who are struggling with losing weight. In fact, the behavior of losing weight often leads to illness, including physical and mental ones. According to a research made in Hong Kong, there are one out of ten people suffered from anorexia and three out of ten people suffered from serious one. These patients lost desire to eat and eventually lost their health. The serious problem of losing weight and its influence are worse than what we imagined.

There is a story about one of our friend, Lindy. Lindy was the most beautiful girl at our school in senior high. Lots of boys were crazy about her. Not only because she was pretty and slender, but also of her intelligence. She was almost perfect in our mind. But she is never satisfied with her body shape. In order to keep her body slim, she never eats anything that can cause her fat. She only ate vegetables for her meal. Once she found out her weight was increasing, she started to go on a diet. Finally, she was sent to the hospital because of the malnutrition. The doctor said she has gotten the anorexia because of the long-term disorder of her diet. She never came to school again before we graduated.

Lindy’s story is only a tip of the iceberg. There are still many people in our society who are suffering from pursuing a “better” body shape with unhealthful ways. Unfortunately, our government didn’t do much to change the twisted value of beauty and the mass media even advocates the value of ”Slim is more beautiful”. We should be aware of this issue, and rebuild a healthful image of beauty. We can’t help wondering, when those women are having anorexia and a perfect body figure at the same time, are they in the heaven or the hell?

Sunday, January 01, 2006

Final Paper

Purpose: To show how rhetoric in a particular speech works, with examples and analysis or explanation

Introduction: Briefly introduce rhetoric, the speaker (biography relevant to the speech), the context of the speech (audience, purpose), thesis.

(Thesis formula
: In speech x, speaker y uses techniques a, b, and c to persuade the audience to ____________.)

body paragraphs

(analysis: one paragraph per technique or per technique family)

Conclusion: Summarize the points made.

Define your Thesis: In his “Title of Speech,” (Name of speaker for example, Martin Luther King) uses repetition, allusion, and metaphor to persuade the white moderate audience to support his struggle for equal rights for African-Americans now, not later.

Include a title page where you must indicate your Name and student number.

This final paper is a collaborative task. You must work in groups of 3.
Only the group where Robbin belongs to will have 4 members.

Rhetorical Structure: Figures of Speech

Rhetorical Structure: Figures of Speech

Certain rhetorical devices called figures of speech (similes, metaphors, allusions, alliteration, etc.) are used in both poetry and prose to make ideas more memorable and forceful. For centuries speakers and writers have known that such well said devices affect listeners and readers in powerful ways.

1. "Five score years ago," the opening phrase of King's speech, is an allusion to what or whom? Why was this an appropriate and strong way for King to begin his speech?

2. King's speech contains other allusions in addition to the one with which he opens his speech. Find an allusion to the Declaration of Independence and the Bible.

3. Find an example of alliteration in King's speech.
4. Find an example of a metaphor.
5. Find an example of a simile.
6. In the second paragraph, King says that "the life of the Negro is still sadly crippled by the manacles of segregation and the chains of discrimination."

o What type of figure of speech is this?
o These words bring up strong images of slavery. Why would this be an effective method of moving his audience?
o What inference was King making about the progress of African Americans to enter the mainstream of American life in the one hundred years which followed the end of slavery?

7. Another figure of speech is called an anaphora, or the repetition of a word or phrase at the beginning of a sentence, verse, or paragraph. Besides the famous "I have a dream" phrase, find two other examples of anaphoras.

8. List at least two possible effects upon King's audience of repeating the phrase, "I have a dream."

9. Nearly every line of King's speech is filled with powerful images, or "mental pictures," many created by using figures of speech. Images help audiences to feel what speakers/writers want them to feel, help them remember what they have read or heard, and help them understand difficult material. which of King's images you find most powerful and appealing and explain why this image had meaning for you.

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