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Re: CHAT: Gobble (was: CHAT: cross-culturation)

From:Adam Walker <dreamertwo@...>
Date:Wednesday, December 5, 2001, 1:36
>From: "Douglas Koller, Latin & French" <latinfrench@...> >Date: Tue, 4 Dec 2001 14:58:38 -0500 > >> It was >>here in Taiwan till this year.[1] I'm gonna have to teach on Christmas >>Day. >> Major bummer. Guess how much book work's gonna happen THAT day! > >Yeah, working on Xmas is a definite suckeroo. That's what I liked >about Taiwan. That Constitution Day and Christmas just *happened* to >be the same day was great (weren't Chiang and Madame Chiang Xtians?).
Yes, they were. So was their son and Chiang Ching-Kuo and Lee Tung-Hui. Chen Suei-Bian is the first non-Christian president the ROC has ever had. Christians are only about 2-3% of the population in Taiwan, but about 20% of the people in government, education and other high-status, high-education professions.
>Dismayed and a little surprised to hear that holiday has fallen by >the wayside. > >>[1] A whole bunch of holidays got scrapped when they went from the 5 1/2 >>day-every-other-week workweek to the 5 day workweek. >
Yeah, Constitution Day is gone so is the remebrance day for the White Terror, several days of the Lunar New Year a couple of other Chinese festivals.
>Just can't seem to relax, can they? That change was implemented while >I was there (at the same time it would have kicked in as a work >benefit at my office after I'd been there for a year. Oh well). TV >interviews had John Q. Public Wang up in arms, "O tempora! O mores! >Too much free time! What will become of the children?! We are at the >brink of the abyss!" I think one minor holiday (on a Friday or >Monday) bit the dust while I was there (since, horror of horrors, we >wouldn't want to have a *three*-day weekend). Then again, I suppose >two whole days of non-stop Taiwanese TV variety shows would be enough >to push anyone over the edge. > >Kou
LOL You ain't kidding. These Taiwanese variety shows make Lets Make a Deal look intelligent. Only semi-kidding. Then there are the infomercials . . . drink this and you'll grow taller, youth potions, imotence solutions, breast swellers, and of course the amazing chop-all/shred-all/kitchen-wonders. Adam who is contemplating getting a tv again _________________________________________________________________ Get your FREE download of MSN Explorer at