Request: What do you think young adults could do to improve the international relationship of Taiwan?
Some people think that young adults like us have no enough power to change the international state of Taiwan. To be honest, I strongly disagree on this statement; instead of underestimating the abilities of young adults, being part of them, I consider us the key to harmonious international diplomacy. There are many means we can take to improve the international relation with other countries, and I shall here explore some of them. Following are my statements from the international etiquette, making use of the Internet and taking part in world competitions.
In the first place, I am of the opinion that international interaction is the foundation stone of international relationship, and the international interaction is built on international etiquette, which is based on traditions and cultures of each nation. As the saying goes, “When in Rome, do as the Romans do.” Visiting other countries, we have many rules to follow. Speaking of this subject, there is an amusing example. Touring in Europe, many people drink a dish of water before having a feast. The water they drank, however, was prepared for washing their fingers! The fact is that when we are abroad, we will be the representation of our citizens, and our behavior, good or bad, show the world our level. Imagine you meet a group of foreigners from a country that you are not familiar with, and these foreigners are polite, intelligent, considerate and friendly, I think you like their country, won’t you? Therefore, we must follow the rules and cut a fine figure in front of the world.
Aside from the etiquette, there is something else we should learn before going abroad. That is, information about the country you are going to. In my view, learning information about one’s country is a good way to show your respect. It means you really cares about their countries, rather than just jump onto planes and go to their place, fooling around, just for shopping or sightseeing. Generally speaking, people will appreciate for the efforts you have made.
Many people would claim that they do not have any chance to go abroad. Well, at least most of us have access to the world with the help of the Internet. No one can overlook that the Internet is the most familiar thing to our generation. In fact, thanks to the Internet, we have much more ways to familiarize Taiwan to the world. For instance, setting up websites or forums, which focus on Taiwan, will be a good try. Outstanding websites allow us to introduce Taiwan by the forms of text, images and videos. Many of these websites even prepared multi-language versions for foreigners who can not read Chinese. Setting up such a website is not a difficult task. The potential of them, however, is unable to estimate. A successful website can receive thousands of visits a day without huge promotion. The website itself is the best promotion. Besides, another great chance lies in on-line chatting. While many people consider on-line chat is meaningless, but they ignored that when chatting with foreign web pals, we are also interacting with the world. Our nations will be mentioned, more or less. Take myself for example, I have web pals from Canada, America, England, Korea and Japan. We have talked about the environment of Canada, the freedom of America, the grace of England, the prosperity of Korea and Japan and, of course, the beauty of Taiwan. As a result, they all become crazy about Taiwan. The truth is, to many Westerners, Asia is mysterious and interesting. They are curious about Taiwan. Our unique culture attracts them. However, before telling them what Taiwan is like, we must know ourselves first. That is to say, we must learn and keep our unique customs and traditions, so that we can make complete introductions to the world.
Another way we can highlight Taiwan on the world map and elevate our international position requires much more efforts. That is to take part in world competitions. Remember in August, 2004, two historical gold medals were brought back from Athens, the Olympic Games. The two medals of “Tae-Kwon-Do” have not only brought the whole island into a mania, but also earned us the 31st place out of 202 participating delegations. It was a glory triumph. Indeed, not everybody could be the medalist, but this is not to say that everybody could not be the medalist. As long as we keep enhancing ourselves in any good aspect, we will one day be able to compete with other countries on behalf of Taiwan on the world stage. With good competition and well-performance, I am sure that we can promote Taiwan well.