Compositions

Is Solo Better Than Group?

                                                                                                    Acky Tsai

     K-pop, Korea pop music, is well known around the world. It is also called Idol culture. There are two kinds of idols: group and solo. On average, 100 groups and solos make their debut every year, but less than 5% can succeed. There are many differences between the two, each with its own advantages and disadvantages. In my view, these are three common differences between them: style, profit, and performance.

     The first difference is in style, including music genre and clothing. As solos, they can decide everything from makeup styling, shooting location, clothing selection, to music production, as well as album shooting period. It is because these preparations are for solos to show their most confident side and to highlight themselves. On the other hand, each member of the group also has his or her own style, but the group tends to focus on the style entirety, which means that it is aimed at unity. Basically, a group follows the style that the fans appreciate.

     In addition, profit is also an obvious difference between the two. Generally, the overall income of the group must be more than that of a solo singer. But the income of each person in the group is not necessarily the same. There are two kinds of income distribution in groups: “more work, more pay” and “equal distribution”. The former means that members attending more individual events earn more, such as going on a variety show or advertising. On the other hand, those who have fewer personal activities receive less income. Equal distribution means that no matter whether there is personal activity or not, all income is equally divided. However, such allocations are uncommon and are mostly based on the rules of “more work, more pay”. By contrast, solo singers only need to negotiate the distribution ratio with the company. But if a solo only publishes songs, the income is usually not high. That is, it is also necessary for a solo to do more advertisements and endorsements to create more profits.

     The last difference is the performance, and it is involved with the type and the stage setting. There are different kinds of singers in Korea, like ballads, rockers, rappers, and idols. Loosely speaking, solo singers are usually ballad singers, rappers, or idols. By contrast, most group singers are idols, followed by bands and ballads. In the way of stage setting and performance, big screens and stage effects are usually applied at the stage of ballad singers or rappers to create better visual effects. What’s more, there are usually dancers on solo idols’ stages to enhance the richness of the stage. However, the stages of group singers often focus on the lighting and blocking. The group singers themselves have enough members to fill the entire stage, so they rarely need dancers.

     Korean entertainment industry is very competitive, especially among singers. Many people will say that singers make a lot of money, especially idol groups. But sometimes this is not the truth. Group members’ salaries have to be deducted and distributed in proportion to the actual income. There are many differences between solo singers and group singers, and the three differences I mentioned are just my personal observations. We usually only look at the surface, and we may not know what’s in the back. Things tend to be more complex than we think.  

Three Types of Videos I Watched Most on YouTube

posted Oct 19, 2021, 9:21 AM by I Say You Say   [ updated Oct 20, 2021, 8:57 AM ]

Three Types of Videos I Watched Most on YouTube

                                                                                             Cindy Yan

   Nowadays, online videos are popular among mobile phone and computer users. We can watch the video no matter what we are doing. I always watch videos when I’m taking the bus, having a meal, or during any of my free time. There’re three types of videos that I always watch on YouTube: videos concerning learning, entertainment and news.

The first type is the videos that are about teaching, learning and any knowledge. We can watch many learning videos without paying any money on YouTube. What I always watch is the conversation learning of other languages. And we can also get some life knowledge from online videos which are made by some Youtubers. This type of videos may be a useful tool for students. I will search teaching videos on YouTube if I have a problem with my homework, whenever I can't find others to ask for a solution. I can also watch informative videos on YouTube about some common sense of life or a historical introduction to something or someone.

The second type is entertainment videos, which is also the most popular on YouTube. I like to watch the vlog that was made by my favorite Youtubers because it’s interesting. I love to watch travel vlogs, especially the ones about traveling to other countries because I can learn more about the details that need to be paid attention to when traveling abroad. When I watch a foodie vlog or a travel vlog such as “The Trip to US”, I feel like I’m experiencing the trip too. In addition, I will find some funny videos to relieve myself whenever I’m tired or upset.

The last type of videos I always watch is news. I don’t have the TV in my house so I can only watch news on YouTube. Although it has not a big screen like a TV, it’s convenient for me because I can watch live news like emergency news anytime on YouTube. Besides, I can know what has been happening around the world through those videos on YouTube.

Online videos have already become the important thing in my life, despite the fact that it would hurt our eyes if we spend too much time on the screen. In my opinion, we should let the online video become a useful tool or a good resource for us, not only for killing time.

The Necessity of Graduation Threshold for English

posted Oct 19, 2021, 9:16 AM by I Say You Say   [ updated Oct 20, 2021, 8:45 AM ]

The Necessity of Graduation Threshold for English

                                                                              Cindy Yan

 In order to improve our English ability, the Ministry of Education encourages universities to set up graduation threshold for English. All students, including both English and non-English majors should pass the English threshold exam before graduation. However, many college students have doubts and dissatisfactions with this regulation and they consider that it should be abolished. In my opinion, English graduation threshold is not necessary for college students except English majors.

    Nowadays, English is indeed the most widely used international language but it’s not the only important foreign language. Students can learn foreign languages according to their own needs, not only English. Take my friend for example. She is a student of culinary department now and she plans to set up a coffee shop in Japan after graduation. However, she also needs to pass an English exit exam, but she would rather spend more time learning Japanese than preparing for the English exam.

    Second, the registration fee for the exam is a huge expense for students whose financial condition is not well. Take TOEIC for example. Listening and reading test are $1600, and speaking and writing test are $3,240. The minimum cost is $4840 if we have to take both tests. Students need to pay more than one time if they couldn’t reach the graduation threshold standard. Besides, many non-English majors generally have lower English ability or less interest in English. They may need to spend extra money to go to the language school in order to pass the graduation threshold.

    In addition, Student Associations pointed out that there are legal problems about the English graduation threshold. According to the relevant provisions of the University Law, students are only required to complete the courses and credits of the department for graduation. Therefore, I think that only the foreign language departments should set the language graduation threshold; for example, students of English departments have to take the TOEIC test and students of Japanese departments have to take the JLPT test.

    With the above reasons, I think that colleges can encourage their students to take the English test by providing scholarships, sponsoring students to study abroad or other ways instead of using it as a graduation threshold. Therefore, I think that abolishing the English graduation threshold can let students have more time to do things which are meaningful to them.

Three Main Ways of Commuting to PCCU

posted Oct 19, 2021, 9:14 AM by I Say You Say   [ updated Oct 20, 2021, 8:57 AM ]

Three Main Ways of Commuting to PCCU

                                                                                                     Frederica Ye

     Every day we can see many students commute to PCCU. They all have different factors to consider for the way of commuting. I classify people who commute to school into three main groups: bus takers, taxi takers, and motorcycle riders.

     First, many CCU students choose to take the bus. CCU students just need to take the Red 5 bus then they can go directly into the campus. They can also take bus 260 or 303 to go to someplace near the campus.  And the price is also cheaper than the other two commuting ways. But taking the bus has some disadvantages in that bus drivers may drive roughly and it is usually crowded on the bus during rush hours. What’s worse, during the cherry blossom period, there are always traffic jams after class. It takes almost more than an hour to go from the campus to MRT Jiantan Station.

     Second, some students choose to take a taxi. They are willing to spend more money to take a taxi than a bus because they are in a hurry or they don’t like to jostle with each other. The taxi takes a different route to get to the campus, which is not affected by traffic jams. But it costs 70 dollars to take a taxi, which is much more expensive than taking a bus.

     Third, a large number of students choose to ride a motorcycle. This method of commuting is the most time-saving but also the most dangerous. Because Yangde Avenue is narrow and winding, motorcycle accidents may happen side by side with cars or buses. Also, during rainy days, motorcycle riders must wear a raincoat, but they may still get soaking wet when it is raining cats and dogs. And the slippery road makes riding the motorcycle even more precarious.

     These three different methods have their advantages and disadvantages, all according to the personal choice based on the individual’s need. In a word, the location of CCU on Yangminshan makes going to school a big concern to all the students.

Three Main Types of Videos I Watch

posted Oct 19, 2021, 9:11 AM by I Say You Say   [ updated Oct 20, 2021, 8:58 AM ]

                                                                                                   Three Main Types of Videos I Watch

                                                                                           Frederica Ye

 Recently, we can see that almost everyone has a cellphone. People use it to play games, text with friends or watch videos, and I always use my phones to watch videos on Youtube. There are three major types of videos I watch on Youtube: youtuber videos, music videos, and news.
     First, I like to watch youtuber videos on Youtube because they can amuse me when I feel bored. There are many kinds of youtubers and each of them has his or her own unique way to perform on the videos, and wise youtubers are my favorite. I can learn something by watching their videos. Take youtuber Chuchushoe for example. He teaches science and trivia on his Youtube channel. The video is so useful that I can use the knowledge he discussed some day.
     Second, I like to watch music videos because I love music. I spend a lot of time listening to music every day. When I listen to music, I like watching music videos. Music in music videos is connected with the lyrics and the stories of songs and sometimes music videos are more attractive than the songs and the music themselves. The most important thing is that it’s relaxing to watch the MV while listening to music.
     Third, I like to watch news on Youtube because it is convenient. Due to the popularity of the Internet, I can watch news on Youtube. And I no longer need to turn on the TV to watch news. No matter where I am, I just need to open Youtube and I can know the news immediately. Youtube also has a chat room where I can discuss news and current affairs with other people. That’s the reason why I like to watch news on Youtube.
     In conclusion, the above are three main types of videos I watch in my free time. It has become my habit to watch these videos every day. And it makes my life more interesting, relaxing, and also lets me gain some knowledge. I can't imagine a day without watching YouTube.

Cats or Dogs?

posted Oct 19, 2021, 9:00 AM by I Say You Say   [ updated Oct 20, 2021, 9:00 AM ]

Cats or Dogs?

                                                                                                    Frederica Ye

     Dogs and cats are the most common pets kept by humans. These two animals have completely different habits. If it is not purely based on personal preference, people may decide to keep a cat or a dog according to the pets’ needs. Hence, I would like to illustrate the differences between the needs of dogs and cats.

     One difference between cats and dogs is that dogs need to go for a walk or pee outside. The dog will run around, and may go under a tree to urinate. The owner needs to pick up the shit and throw it into the trash can. Unlike dogs, cats don't need people to take them out, and they only need cat litter to pee or shit in the house. And they will pee on cat litter by themselves. Thus, it is much easier to clean cats’ feces than dogs’.

     Cats love to be clean, they always lick fur with their tongues every day, but they don’t like to take a bath. It is their natural habit. Dogs are not afraid of bathing, so it is easier to bathe dogs than cats. But it is usually the owner’s responsibility to bathe the dog regularly to keep it clean.

     Dogs like to bark when they see strangers, when they are sick, or when they just want to attract humans’ attention. Because of this barking habit, some landlords will prohibit dog owners from renting the house. Compared to dogs, cats are quieter, so this characteristic may be the reason that cats are sometimes allowed in some rented apartments and public places.

     In conclusion, both dogs and cats have their own advantages; we can choose cats or dogs according to our preference or their needs. When people asked me which pets I liked better, I would usually answer cats. For me, it is much easier to keep a cat than a dog at home.

Types of Parents

posted Oct 19, 2021, 8:55 AM by I Say You Say   [ updated Oct 20, 2021, 9:00 AM ]

Types of Parents

                                                                                                       Cindy Yan

When walking on the street, we can find that parents educate their children in different ways. According to the requirements of parents and their ability to respond to their children, parents can be roughly divided into authoritarian, uninvolved, and democratic parents.

The first type is authoritarian parents. This type of parents has high expectations and strict regulations and punishment systems for their children. When children didn’t follow their guidelines, they will punish them without hesitation. Children’s feelings are not taken into consideration when home rules are being made. Such parents always say, "You must listen to me because I am your parent." or "You must do what I said because I am your parent." Therefore, children who grow up under this type of parenting style are often unhappy and anxious. In addition, they lack self-confidence, rely on others, and even lack social skills. My mother is more like an authoritarian parent. She has high expectations on us and is strict with us.

The second type is uninvolved parents. The characteristic of such parents is that they rarely interact with their children, don’t care about their children's lives and have little expectation and low standard for their children's behavior. Furthermore, the parent-child relationship tends to be estranged. Uninvolved parents may say to their child, “I don't bother to care where you are going." or "Why do I need to know what you are doing?" Therefore, children who grow up in such families may show unruly behavior and self-centered mindset. Also, they tend to lack self-control and purposes for life.

The last type is democratic parents. The interaction and communication between democratic parents and their children are open, which means not only parents have the opportunity to speak but children can also express their opinions. Parents will discipline their children with good reason when they make a mistake. In addition, democratic parents will accept the inherent characteristics of their children rather than control or blame them. This type of parents allows their children to make their own choices and teach them to be responsible for themselves. So, children who grow up under such parenting style can be more independent, like to challenge new things, and develop good adaptability to a new environment. My father belongs to this type of parents. He supports everything I want to do as long as it is not a bad thing. He has also taught me to be responsible for my future since I was a child.

The environment that we face at the beginning of our live is “family,” which is the initial place where children's personality traits are formed. During this period, the most influential role to children is their parents; therefore, the parents' every move affects the formation of children's personality. Finally, I believe parents love their child no matter what kind of parenting style they have.

Traditional vs. Online Classes

posted Oct 19, 2021, 8:43 AM by I Say You Say   [ updated Oct 20, 2021, 9:03 AM ]

Traditional vs. Online Classes

 Sherry Wei

During the coronavirus pandemic, many people can’t go to the office for work or go to school. Cluster infection is dangerous and risky, so many schools have started to have the online classes.  Personally, having the traditional class would be the preferable way for me since there is no need for the stable Internet, it’s easier for me to communicate face to face with every teacher, and it is healthier for the eyes.

In my opinion, going to school and having the class is the daily life of a student. But in the past year, I had a pretty bad experience with the online class. I don’t have a good quality Wi-fi, so when I was having the online class, the class was disconnected frequently. This made me unable to listen clearly to what the teacher said, and when I fixed my Internet, the teacher had finished the chapter that I had been listening to. I was so tired of these situations; I don’t want to spend more money to upgrade my Internet since it is really expensive. I would rather go to school.

Next, having the traditional class is easier for me to communicate with the teacher. The teacher can also observe the students’ reactions during the class.  If we come across anything that we don't understand in a traditional class, we can raise our hand and ask about whatever we are not certain about. We can also head to the teacher’s office to ask the teacher questions. Beside asking questions, we can also chat with the teacher face to face. In this way, there is a better teacher-student relationship and communication.

Lastly, having the class online would be a worse choice for our eyes. Imagine that if I have classes from the morning to the evening, and I need to stare at the screen for the class the whole day. After a few days, my eyes will definitely be getting worse than ever. My eyes can’t afford me to watch the screen for these long hours. On the other hand, the traditional classes would be much less affected by this issue.

No matter the Internet connection, effectiveness of communication or the healthy issues of eyes, traditional classes are more advantageous than online classes. Despite the online class being more convenient, from my perspective, going to school is the best way for studying and learning.

Korean Dramas I Like

posted Oct 19, 2021, 8:40 AM by I Say You Say   [ updated Oct 20, 2021, 9:04 AM ]

Korean Dramas I Like

                                                                                                        Acky Tsai

       Korean dramas are now all the rage as the trend of K-pop becomes more and more popular. Not only do young people love to watch Korean dramas, but even parents and grandparents enjoy watching them. The World of the Married, Signal, and Sky Castle are quite classic Korean dramas. Each drama has a unique plot, but one thing in common is that they are all very attractive. And my favorite types of Korean drama videos are of the following three categories: campus, horror, and suspense.

     The first type is the campus drama. The plots of campus dramas are usually about the problems of pure love faced by teenagers or their relationship between friends in the stage of high school and college. Who Are You: School 2015 and School 2013 are a series of works about school. I recommend A-TEEN the most to other people. There are two seasons of the drama. The first season’s content is the story of love, and complex and contradictory friendship between 18-year-old high school students. The second season is about the protagonists from 18 to 19 years old, facing the stage of change, the contradictions and distress they experienced when the college entrance examination was coming, and the moments of countless choices they made in the process.

     Next one is my second favorite type, horror drama. Horror genre may sound frightening but some of them are more like a romantic comedy like Oh My Ghost. To be honest, I prefer the traditional horror genre than romantic comedy like Save Me, Guest, and The Cursed. I think that the drama Guest is the best horror drama I have ever seen. It tells the story of a detective, a psychic, and a Catholic priest who fight against mysterious crimes. The director basically takes TV series as a movie, even though he doesn't care about the ratings. The killing process is not restricted. The scenes of blood also give audiences a great shock.

     The third one is the suspense drama which is also my favorite one among these three types. Solving crimes, mind-blowing twists, and gruesome scenes are three main essential factors in a suspense drama. If you want to find a great suspense drama, you must look for OCN Original Series. The works produced by OCN are of definitely high quality. One of its famous works is Voice, which is  about the 112 emergency call center employees who fight against crimes using the sounds that they hear. Other enjoyable videos are Tunnel, Strangers from Hell, etc.

     Nowadays, more and more people watch Korean dramas at any time, and there are so many kinds of plots for people to watch. For me, the plots of campus, horror, and suspense types are what I am interested in. Campus dramas make me flip and recall the memories of high school. Watching horror dramas is really a good way to relax after working or studying the whole day. Watching suspense dramas will give me the goosebumps, thrill, excitement, and lessons as well.

 


EID or Traditional ID

posted Oct 19, 2021, 8:36 AM by I Say You Say   [ updated Oct 20, 2021, 9:04 AM ]

EID or Traditional ID

                                                                                                      Acky Tsai

Nowadays, digitalization is an international trend, and our government has been promoting digitalized services for many years, such as to file tax returns on the Internet. The issue of whether to use a new eID card has been widely discussed since last year. I think only the government is in favor of it, and most people are against it, including me. Because there are many security problems unsolved. Security of personal information, data management, and necessity are the reasons why I oppose adopting an eID.

I think the most important problem of whether to use an eID is the security of personal information. To apply an eID card is to move most of the personal information on the original ID card into the chip, which means that all of our information and what we do on the Internet may be known to others if hackers try to hack our information. Although the government tries to convince us that the chip is very safe, they do not give a certain answer. A good example is Estonia, which began to use eID in 2002. It seemed safe and nothing happened. However, it was attacked by hackers in 2007, which proves that storing data in the chip is indeed very risky.

Data management is also a big problem. When the new eID is adopted, everyone on the web will leave a record of whatever we do, and governments or hackers can track our records to see what we do. Furthermore, who our family is and when we see a doctor will be known to others. Therefore, the government needs to establish a clear and accurate rule to specify the authority and standard of using data clearly. Under what circumstances can the new eID be read and what information can be read need to be stipulated distinctly.

Why do we have to use an eID? I don't think it's necessary to use the eID. Although digitization is an inevitable process of progress, I think it can be postponed until detailed specifications come out. For the elderly, it may be a little difficult to use the eID. The eID requires a password to read the information inside. It is a problem for the elderly to remember the password. In addition, if they are mentally retarded, it is even harder for them to remember the password. Therefore, I think that the government should consider more about applying the eID.

Applying the new eID needs to be discussed thoroughly, for what the government says now can’t convince the people. How to ensure that personal information is safe and how to manage this information has not been assured by the government. For the elderly, the necessity of using the eID needs to be discussed sufficiently. Hence, I am against the application of the eID now before the government comes up with a complete plan with an agreed-upon standard.  


Taiwan Needs a Gambling Zone?

posted Oct 18, 2021, 11:33 PM by I Say You Say   [ updated Oct 20, 2021, 9:05 AM ]

Taiwan Needs a Gambling Zone?

                                                                                                    Naomi  Ren

   Nowadays, many popular sightseeing spots are promoting gambling tourist attractions, such as Macau and Singapore. Macau has also become the “Las Vegas of the East”. In Taiwan, Matsu and Penghu held a referendum on the gambling zone in 2012 and 2016 respectively. Only Matsu had more than half of the favorable votes, but till now there is still no gambling zone. Does Taiwan really need a gambling zone? I don’t think Taiwan needs a gambling zone because a gambling zone will worsen public security, cause value deviation in morality and ethic, and raise the local house and commodity prices.

     First of all, opening a casino will worsen public security. If gamblers have no money to gamble, they may end up with the risks of robbery, crime and suicide. For example, the crime rate in Las Vegas is 120.46% more than that in other states in the United States, including serious crimes such as murder, rape and robbery. Once, Nevada, where Las Vegas is located, was listed as the most dangerous state in the United States by Morgan Quinto Press. In addition, the casino may become a gathering place for large organized crimes because it can quickly get huge wealth. In light of the likelihood of increasing crime rate, I don’t think it is good for Taiwan to have casinos.

     Furthermore, the establishment of a gambling zone will cause value deviation in work ethics in particular and morality in general. Many people may choose not to work and study hard because of the benefits of gambling. Some teenagers even enter the casino because of curiosity and rebellion. When they find the benefits of gambling, they will think that they can earn money without hard work. On the other hand, the salary of working in the casino may be high, which makes youngsters feel that it does not matter if there is no adequate educational background. The salary of a casino’s dealer is 50,000 to 80,000 NT dollars in Macau. However, the knowledge level of a dealer is generally low. The government should spend more money on education to encourage young people to extend their learning in either school or workplace.

     Although the gambling zone can bring crowds, it will also trigger the rising of local house and commodity prices. Since Macau had casinos, the average income of the people has tripled; at the same time the house and commodity prices have also risen rapidly. Even some small and medium enterprises were facing bankruptcy because they could not afford the consequences of rapid economic growth. In Macau, the price of a bowl of Cantonese congee is 250 NT dollars, which is two to three times of the price in Taiwan. The rise of the house and commodity prices has also gradually enlarged the gap between the rich and the poor in Macau, which will become a serious problem over time.

     In my opinion, Taiwan does not need legal casinos because they are likely to worsen public security, cause value deviation in work ethics and social morality, and raise the local house and commodity prices. Although casinos may boost the tourism industry in Taiwan, we cannot ignore the serious potential problems behind the gambling industry. Moreover, the location for the casino in Taiwan is also a problem that must be carefully considered. To sum up, I think Taiwan does not need a gambling zone.

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