Mon, Apr 23, 2012 - Page 14 News List

One couple divorces every 10 minutes in Taiwan
不到十分鐘 台灣就有一對夫妻離婚

A woman prepares a mannequin in a window display in Sao Paulo, Brazil on Feb. 4.

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On April 10, World Vision Taiwan president Tu Ming-han said statistics from the Directorate-General of Budget, Accounting and Statistics under the Executive Yuan show that there were 50,700 divorces in Taiwan last year, which is an average of one divorce every 10 minutes or so. Tu says Taiwanese society needs to work on rebuilding family values.

Several churches in Taiwan and World Vision Taiwan are holding events in cities and counties across Taiwan on April 29, during which they will march to promote family harmony. The main theme of the event is “maintaining marraige vows” to this end, urging people to preserve the bond that exists between child and parent and husband and wife, and rebuild family values.

Tu says a high divorce rate means there is an increase in the number of broken families. In recent years, child abuse cases have been on the rise, and one child dies from abuse every week. Seventy-two percent of cases of child abuse were perpetrated by biological or adoptive parents. Another survey showed that 33 percent of parents interviewed admitted they spend less than five minutes a day talking with their children, showing that family relationships are in urgent need of mending.

Huang Nai-yu, director of the Taiwan Council on Family Life Education, says that “love has to be learned,” and as 10 years have already passed since Taiwan passed the world’s first Family Education Law in 2003, it is time to review the legislation. Huang calls on the Ministry of Education, which is charge of administering the law, to encourage parents to take a more active interest in their children’s education at home instead of letting the schools’ teachers turn into “babysitters.”

(Liberty Times, Translated by Kyle Jeffcoat)


1. rebuild v.

重建 (chong2 jian4)

例: They are rebuilding the town after the devastation wrought by the hurricane.


2. mend v.

修補 (xiu1 bu3)

例: How do you mend a broken heart?


3. babysitter n.

保母 (bao2 mu3)

例: I think he’s finally old enough to stay at home alone. He doesn’t need a babysitter.







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