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accountable, based, civil, determined, justice, making, numerous, part, privacy, up

Hung case defines Taiwan

Fri, Aug 02, 2013

source: Taipei Times

Related article: The rise of people power

The Ministry of National Defense and President Ma Ying-jeou (馬英九) are probably wondering why the death of late army corporal Hung Chung-chiu (洪仲丘) has become perhaps the single most important news event in Taiwan in the past month, ruffling feathers in every part of society and showing no signs of stopping.

One reason it raised a high degree of public attention was because people imagined themselves in one of the roles in Hung’s familythe son who died from institutional injustice, the heartbroken mother whose grief over the loss of a son was almost too much to bear, or the sister who was determined to find the truth behind her brother’s death and hold people accountable.

It is also because the case is the epitome of the current status of Taiwan. The nation has been hit with a credibility crisis, led by an irresponsible government that has a habit of lying to its people and burying its head in the sand and which embarrassed itself with a lack of understanding of human rights. Reckless journalism also harms Taiwan’s credibility.

"corporal" - 下士。 "ruffling feathers" - 惹人生氣。"epitome" - "縮影; 象徵"。 "irresponsible" - 不負責任的。

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 accountable中高級[形容詞] 應負責任的;可說明的
 burying中級bury(埋葬,安葬) 的現在分詞
 credibility中高級[名詞] 可信性;確實性
 defense中級[名詞] 防禦,保衛,防護
 defines中級define(解釋,給...下定義) 的第三人稱單數現在式
 determined中級[形容詞] 果斷的,決然的; determine(決定) 的過去式及過去分詞
 feathers中級feather(羽毛) 的複數
 grief中級[名詞] 悲痛,悲傷
 harms中級harm(損害,傷害;危害) 的第三人稱單數現在式; harm(損傷,傷害;危害) 的複數
 injustice中高級[名詞] 非正義;不公正
 institutional中高級[形容詞] 機構的;制度的
 journalism中高級[名詞] 新聞業;新聞學
 ministry中級[名詞] (常大寫)(政府的)部
 part中級[動詞] 使分開,使分離;斷裂;告別; [名詞] 部份
 probably中級probable(很可能發生的) 的衍生的副詞; [副詞] 可能地
 reckless中高級[形容詞] 不在乎的;魯莽的
 status中級[名詞] 狀況,狀態
 understanding中級[形容詞] 了解的;能諒解的,寬容的; understand(了解) 的現在分詞; [名詞] 了解;理解;領會;理解力;諒解