Understanding the Maori Identity

When I was a child, a visit to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds and Te Kōngahu Museum of Waitangi in the Bay of Islands was an experience that I would never forget. The beautiful architecture and stunning performances engraved a picture of joyous harmony into my mind, and I left Auckland with the impression that the Māori were proud and embraced in their own society. Ten years later, upon further research, I realized that I could not be more wrong.

Angelo in Measure for Measure

This passage begins with Angelo’s soliloquy as he reveals the internal conflict between restraint which he had always strictly believed himself to live by, and the liberation of his growing sexual desires for Isabella. It then transitions immediately to a dialogue between Angelo and Isabella, revealing to the audience Angelo’s growing self-awareness as he gives in to his sexual temptations and allows them to manifest in his speech. Hence, Angelo is presented through this passage as a man susceptible to human passions and temptations of the flesh, just like any other fallible human being, contrary to earlier depictions of him in the play.

星空下的飘零之叹

——论析杜甫《旅夜书怀》中的抒情手法 文/胡思源 旅夜书怀作为杜甫五律中的名篇,可谓是大家之作,充分体现出杜甫的大家风范。这一年的正月,诗人辞去节度使参谋职务,四月,在成都的好友严武死去,身处于如此凄孤无依之境,诗人便决意离蜀东下。因此,这里不是空泛地写景,而是喻景抒情,通过写景展现他的境况和情怀:像江岸细草一样渺小,像孤舟一样寂寞。颔联”星垂平野阔,月涌大江流”写远景,明星低垂,平野辽阔;月随波涌,大江东流。这两句写景雄浑阔大,突出了诗人胸襟与视野。 实际上,诗人写辽阔的平野、浩荡的大江、灿烂的星月,正是为了反衬出他孤苦伶仃言,此诗“通首神完气足,气象万千,可当’雄浑’之品”。此诗为诗人杜甫的生命写照,彼时杜甫已是垂暮之年,又经历好友相继离世,居无定所,仕途坎坷的生活境况,因而苍凉悲慨,哀愁伤感的意绪润于字里行间。诗人在悲从中来,感时忧之时写下此诗,以此抒发心中悲凉感伤之情,其主要表现手法体现于因景生情,情景交融;意象使用,譬拟比托;反问,设问;对比,呼应以及炼字短句等手法。

‘Democracy has not taken root in Southeast Asia.’ Discuss with reference to the newly independent states of Southeast Asia. #3

Keeping in mind the definitions of “democracy”, which is democratic forms of governance where the population gets to exercise civil liberties and to effect change through electoral processes, and “taken root”, which means established and sustained. In the period after independence, many Southeast Asian states experimented with democratic forms of governance, but the record of these governments tended to be dismal as they often failed and were replaced by more authoritarian forms of governance.

Does truth still matter in today’s world?

The truth has been an age-old virtue that was heavily prized for its persevering value in allowing people to know the accurate outlook of the situations they face, and thus having the ability to make the right choices to solve their problems. However, in today’s increasingly interconnected world where information is easily made up, where problems exist not as separate entities but rather much like an entangled ball of numerous threads, waiting to be unravelled gracefully, the significance of truth is questioned as our fast-paced lives require us to solve our problems in the fastest way possible, and very often, telling the truth is troublesome. However, the reality is that it is precisely because of this outlook of today’s world that the relevance of the truth should be augmented. Granted, the cost of maintaining the truth is expensive, and may even compromise our ability to tackle issues at lightning speed, but the truth – pun intended – is that telling the truth could sometimes give us a clearer outlook at how to solve today’s problems.

Introduction to Behavioural Economics and the Health Industry

‘Standard economics assumes that we are rational… But, as the results presented in this book (and others) show, we are far less rational in our decision making… Our irrational behaviors are neither random nor senseless- they are systematic and predictable. We all make the same types of mistakes over and over, because of the basic…

The Everyday Applications of Nudge

The Law of Demand posits that the quantity demanded of a good or service has an inverse relationship with the price (i.e. the higher the price, the lower the quantity demanded). On the other hand, the Law of Supply teaches us that the price and quantity supplied share a direct, positive relationship. As Economics students, you might poke a hole in these two statements: I know, ‘ceteris paribus’. (For those who are not familiar with the subject, it is simply the assumption that all other factors are held constant.) Yet, even when so much precision and attention are paid to…

逆境

  有句话说:“人生不如意之事,十有八九。”虽说这个道理我也听过,但真的陷入逆境时还是不免抱怨自己的不顺。刚开始学英文时,二十六个字母都背不全,点灯熬油地写作文,写得身心俱疲。不断地查词典,同时感叹着情况的紧迫与困难。可痛苦的同时,我也明白这不顺利是通向进步的必经之路,不去面对我便永远不会将困难征服。顺遂的情况会令我停滞不前,只有逆境才使我继续迈进。   从古到今,人们都面临了大大小小的逆境。有些人不去正视它,便不得上进;有的人经过了逆境的考验,得以成大器。孟子曾说过:“生于忧患,死于安乐。故天将降大任与斯人也,必先苦其心志,劳其筋骨,饿其体肤,空乏其身,行拂乱其所为,所以动心忍性,曾益其所不能。”如果某人想完成重大的任务,他必要面对逆境,才能振奋他的心志,坚忍他的性情,增加他原本缺少的能力。如果这人一帆风顺不曾陷入逆境,他便因安逸而不得进步。

Income Inequality In Singapore

Income inequality in Singapore has worsened in recent times. The World Economic Report 2018 showed that the income share captured by the top 10% of income earners in Singapore increased from 32.1% in 1980 to 43.8% in 2014. Moreover, Singapore’s Gini coefficient after tax transfers (collection of taxes and redistribution of that wealth to the…