關於分離 1/13/2016

明天我就要回香港,下星期學校就開學了。

感覺像是昨天才發生的事,但人生中瑣碎的離去常常就是如此。我離開香港時沒有情緒,到印尼前我也沒有情緒,當一旦要離開,我卻發現自己什麼事都不懂了。

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美國學生,你們沒有比較聰明:關於教育,我有話要說

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到加州大學以前,我以為這裡的美國學生在學習上會比較主動、優秀、善於發表以及思考,畢竟加州大學的排名,是遙遙領先香港大學的。

但顯然,這是種刻板印象。課堂上有積極參與的學生,但多數同學仍靜靜在台下聽講。不可否認,他們仍普遍比台灣學生勇於發表自己看法,但所謂的有創意或勇於發言,不能和「優秀」混為一談──他們的上課表現不過是體制下的產物,在什麼體制下成長,就會成為什麼樣子。

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「其實,我爸從小就教我不要相信共產黨」──來自中港台的我們同遊古巴,意外開啟的反思與對話

從「這裡就像 1980 年代的中國」開始

抵達古巴的第一天,滿街的老爺車和整修中的建築,彷彿把我們帶進另一個國度。

「這裡就像是 1980 年代的中國,」同行的旅伴小天對我說。

這一次,我和四個大陸人及一個香港人同行,我們利用加州大學的春假來到了古巴。這裡網路取之不易,但這趟與外界失聯的旅程,反而讓我們有機會更深入了解對方的生長背景,並討論被視為敏感的政治議題。唯有瞭解歷史,才能能力去擔負開創未來的責任。

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【美國觀察筆記】「無禮又無知」的美國人?我的文化差異和交流初體驗

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這學期我來到加州大學聖塔芭芭拉分校(UCSB)當交換生,雖然才開學一個多星期,這個多元的環境讓我不禁反思,文化差異下的交流是否有我們想像的複雜?當我們試著用對方的觀點了解挫折和衝突,是不是才能接納不同的可能性?

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當應徵志工是為了履歷、找不到實習叫不上進──香港大學生,你為何如此焦慮?

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在我來到香港以前,對於它的認識只膚淺的包括生活節奏迅速,以及香港社會很「現實」。但當我真正在這裡生活之後,才逐漸體會到香港龐大的生活壓力,還有人們為何在這種壓力下,不得不向現實低頭。

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在香港唸大學,必須學會「大學五件事」嗎?

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剛進入大學時,就聽到了香港學生相傳的「大學五件事」:

住校(住 HALL)、交往(拍拖)、念書(讀書)、實習(Part time)和成爲系學會幹部(上莊)。

但事實上,那是別人告訴你大學生應該做的事,真正重要的,在於什麼是你的大學 5 件事?

對我而言,在香港念書,學到的不見得是上述這 5 件,想必在異地,或即將計畫到異地唸書的你,也一定會有不同的體會。對我而言,下面這幾件事情,反而是我在香港念書時,學到最寶貴的經驗:

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Fidel Castro, the Cuban Revolutionary’s Journey in Politics over Half a Century

http://www.nyatodayco.com/single-post/2016/12/03/Fidel-Castro-the-Cuban-Revolutionary’s-Political-Journey-Over-a-Half-Century

 

In a 1985 interview with Playboy magazine, Fidel Castro was asked how he would respond to President Ronald Reagan’s elucidation of him as a military dictator. He asked for a second to think, and said: “If his power includes something as monstrously undemocratic as the ability to order a thermonuclear war, I ask you, who then is more of a dictator, the president of the United States or I.”

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The Unresolved Tragedy in Aleppo

The recent tragic bombardment in Aleppo has caused death to over 200 people, and more innocent citizens are injured as a result of the ongoing civil war between Syrian government and the rebel forces. The once essential city with economic importance in Syria was deprived of hope and liveliness. The attack was reported to be the most intense strike in six years, and gas poisoning was also used in the series of attacks. What makes the attack inhuman is the ruination of hospitals and schools, including citizens’ shelters, which leaves thousands of people homeless without proper medical assistance.

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Nearly a Million Protesters in South Korea Took to The Street Demanding President’s Resignation

http://www.nyatodayco.com/single-post/2016/11/17/Everything-You-Need-to-Know-About-the-Protests-in-South-Korea

 

On November 12th, Seoul was occupied by nearly a million furious protesters, which was described by CNN as the most massive scale of protest in thirty years. Apart from domestic petition for president Park Geun-hye’s resignation, South Korean scholars and students overseas are calling for the once popular elected president to step down for her wrongdoings.

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Why Do Hong Kong Students Care About U.S Election?

http://www.nyatodayco.com/single-post/2016/11/13/An-Outsiders-Perspective-on-the-US-Election

 

While I went to study commons on the morning of November 9th, most students from Hong Kong University were staring at their laptops, keeping track of U.S election live streaming. The election was a hot topic among students on that day, especially after the shocking results. A friend of mine stared at her phone for the whole morning and cupped her chin as the map of U.S turned red for winning the most ballots. People talked about election in cafeterias, in class and on social media.

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