Author Archives: W. S. Lien

About W. S. Lien

Tweed Wearer - Country Lover - Teacher Researching Professionalism and Identity@Clare College, Cambridge - Keen Amateur Photographer - Devotee to Poppy my Labrador

Teach like a bowling champion

Teach like a bowling champion From the past four seasons, I have learned a few valuable lessons from hundreds of thousands of paces up and down the rinks of bowling greens in North Yorkshire from Harrogate to Richmond. I have … Continue reading

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Green Island by Shawna Yang Ryan – a Review

Green Island As a child born and brought up in a Veteran’s Village in Taiwan in the 60s and 70s, my early childhood was overshadowed by the constant warning – from my ex-Nationalist army officer father – of the Communist … Continue reading

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Fatherland

When my father passed away, I inherited his memoirs. They were drafts of varying stages of readiness. Some were neater copies of earlier attempts; some rewrites of disjointed threads; all enthralling, an alien world in his familiar hand. My father … Continue reading

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The teacher who believed in me

The teacher who believed in me Pride and a profound sense of trepidatious pride was how I felt. When the rest of the class had to complete their writing in our double Composition class, I was allowed to continue to … Continue reading

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New Challenges – I

New Challenges – My Study Weekend Coming to terms with a real possibility of defeat is a challenge to everyone. My study weekend during school half term is a case in point. It has also been a sharp reminder of … Continue reading

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Becoming Alien

Inevitably, the only way out of this Taiwanese v Chinese binary was by adopting a new identity of a faraway culture. Whilst most of my contemporaries were drawn to the new democracy of the United States Of America, I found … Continue reading

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In Search of an Authentic Identity

In Search of an Authentic Identity Mandarin Chinese is my first language, Taiwanese and Mandarin Chinese are my “mother tongues” as my mother was native Taiwanese born and my father Chinese. Even though my maternal grandparents could speak some Japanese … Continue reading

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Teachers as resisting intellectuals

The outrage this week that has been expressed by some educators on Twitter against David Didau’s What causes behaviour? has prompted many to inspect their own thinking on race and intelligence. I am not a geneticist so I am not … Continue reading

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Gap Years

Gap YearsAnother 3 and it will have been 50 years apart between the times when these two pictures were taken – me at the age of five in a formal family portrait with mum and dad, my older sister and … Continue reading

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What’s in a Name

My name hasn’t always been Vincent.  Although this name is now formalised in all my legal and official document, including my passport, it is an invented one, not the one that I was given when I was born, 文山. The … Continue reading

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