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Taiwan must cultivate uniqueness

By William Stimson

Exchange students of mine from China have told me they see this.

There is a flavor to the life here, a taste found among the people, no longer encountered over there. Over there it is gone. They do not have it and cannot bring it back.

However, Taiwan still has it, and should preserve and develop it, like the mangoes.

Taiwan today is modern and successful, but it needs to consider its real advantage and the danger of losing even a little of what is most special about it.

It is not just with some of the vanishing mango varieties, though they offer such rich and immediate proof, it is with everything about the people here and their uniquely Chinese culture.

Taiwan must cultivate this and not let it die out.

William Stimson is an adjunct professor at Tunghai University and National Chi Nan University.

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