Public Memory in Taiwanese English Newspapers and Pedagogy of Education: A Critical Perspective
This study looks at the notion of "public memory" in three Taiwanese English newspapers, Taiwan News, Taipei Times, and The China Post. The researcher selected issues having to do with the topics of identity, political force, power, education, and culture. Through the editor's vision, as reflected in the media coverage of these issues, public memory is evoked. However, this public memory ignores certain images from the researcher's own private memory. From the critical perspective of the researcher, the analysis of these differences involves not only the distance between public and private memory but also their pedagogical meaning. The data were collected from October 2, 2001 to December 15, 2001. The study suggests that through the teaching of English newspapers, the students (readers) use critical thinking skills to analyze the topics covered and to encourage them to become critical citizens.
Keywords: public memory, critical thinking, identity, political force, power
Dr. Yueh-Chiu Fang
Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Applied Foreign Languages, National Huwei University of Science and Technology