Public Memory in Taiwanese English Newspapers and Pedagogy of Education: A Critical Perspective

Dr. Yueh-Chiu Fang
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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
Stream: Community, Culture, Globalisation
Presentation Type: Virtual Presentation in English
Paper: Public Memory in Taiwanese English Newspapers and Pedagogy of Education

Dr. Yueh-Chiu Fang

Associate Professor and Chair, Department of Applied Foreign Languages, National Huwei University of Science and Technology

Yuehchiu Fang received her M.A. in TESOL from Long Island University in 1989 and her Ph.D. in Language and Literacy from The Pennsylvania State University in December 2002. She is currently an associate professor and the chair in the Applied Foreign Languages Department at the National Huwei University of Science and Technology. She has 15-year English teaching experience at college level in Taiwan. Her interests include the teaching of ESL/EFL writing and oral fluency, and also the research related to the curriculum design in English Language.

Ref: L05P0230