I await your additions (either English or Chinese are fine) with gleeful anticipation.
- The Soviet Union has never existed and therefore is about as scary as the student union. [Do schools in Taiwan even have student unions?]
- They have known only two presidents. [But that could be said about almost any generation of college freshmen in Taiwan...]
- There has always been only one Germany.
- They are wireless, yet always connected.
- They grew up with and have outgrown faxing as a means of communication.
- "Google" has always been a verb. [This one is a stretch... but I liked it.]
- Text messaging is their e-mail. [IM is, too.]
- Young women's fashions have never been concerned with where the waist is. [Actually, I'm not sure about this one...]
- They have rarely mailed anything using a stamp.
- Being techno-savvy has always been inversely proportional to age.
- They have always been able to watch wars and revolutions live on television. [Except that TV news here seems mainly concerned with the scandals of entertainers and presidential families.]
- They have always had access to their own credit cards. [Possibly. And cell phones, too!]
- Acura, Lexus, and Infiniti have always been luxury cars of choice. [At least Lexus.]
Wednesday, August 23, 2006
"What Your Freshmen Don't Know"
Inside Higher Ed has posted Beloit College's annual list of what first-year college students do and don't know about the world. As a public service to faculty members in Taiwan, I'm posting the ones that seem most relevant to our context. Please add more Taiwan-specific items in the comments.