Global Issues

Paris Attacks and Beyond

posted Nov 17, 2015, 10:14 PM by Peter Lang

The November attacks in Paris by ISIS have shocked the world. There has been an outpouring of love and support for the French people in this tragic and difficult time. While we mourn those lost, let us not also forget that this is part of a larger picture and that similar attacks have happened in Beirut, Sinai, Nigeria, Ankara, and Russia. Here is a brief presentation I made to share these things with my students. 

Catholic Climate Change Petition

posted Oct 30, 2015, 6:34 PM by Peter Lang   [ updated Oct 30, 2015, 6:38 PM ]

At the last meeting of Sheng Kung's Student Council (班聯會), our student leadership promoted the Catholic Climate Change Movement to encourage the world leaders meeting at the COP21 Climate Change Summit in Paris in December of this year to do all they can to keep climate change from becoming a disaster for humans and animals around the world. The ladies did a quick presentation explaining climate change, the world summit, and Pope Francis' push to mitigate the damage of climate change. The world Catholic Climate Change Movement hopes to present the one million signatures of their petition to the leaders at the COP21 summit in Paris on November 29th. You can check out the link below to add your name to the list! Let's do what we can!

Global Climate Change Petition

posted Oct 22, 2015, 11:56 PM by Peter Lang

Women's Rights and WEF Gender Gap Index

posted Sep 24, 2015, 8:15 PM by Peter Lang

Although Taiwan and the rest of the developed world have made a lot of advancements in gender equality in recent decades, there is still a lot of work to do. Every year, the World Economic Forum (WEF) releases the Gender Gap Index to rank every country in terms of gender gap. This is determined by looking at economic participation, educational attainment, health and survival, and political empowerment. As expected, most of the top countries are in northern Europe (Iceland, Denmark, Norway, etc) but there are a few surprising countries in the top 20, like the Philippines, South Africa, and Lesotho. One frustrating part of this index is that it does not include Taiwan because of China's involvement in the WEF. So there is no data for Taiwan to compare it to other countries. Our students are challenged with coming up with these numbers by themselves through their own research. Can you help them? Watch the Powerpoint presentation and videos to learn more. 

Syrian Refugee Crisis

posted Sep 24, 2015, 8:05 PM by Peter Lang   [ updated Sep 24, 2015, 8:06 PM ]

Recently, everyone has heard about the Syrian Refugee Crisis in the news, but how much do you really know? Do you know the causes of this problem? Do you know how long this problem has been going on? Do you know how different countries are reacting? Do you know how it relates to other migrant problems that Europe is experiencing? Watch this Powerpoint presentation and video to find out more!

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