In order to better understand Vincent and his experiences in Taiwan, Thailand, and the United States, included is some background information on his early life and what childhood was like for Taiwanese students.

The purpose of this Oral History is to create a comparative study of the school systems. Vincent points out key proponents of the education and social systems of Taiwanese schools, some of those include after school sessions for certain topics, the regulations of dress, requirements of students, and the social expectations from teachers and their peers.

 In the United States, we have similar after school programs, but their purposes are very different. In the U.S. it is used as a childcare facility until the parents get off work to pick them up. Never does the student study afterword’s, but plays with other children and toys provided by the school. Anthropologists can use this as a way to interpret the values of each society.

 This could mean that the United States school system values the family and work of the parents by providing services at lesser rates than day care. We can discern that in Taiwan, they value the education of the students. What this might say about each society can translate into the specialties and work force each economy creates.

He mentions certain themes within the Taiwanese education system that are similar and different to U.S. education in their own right such as the practice of competition to promote intelligence, number system strategies, bullying, and abuse. After listening to Vincent’s stories, I wonder if our region’s  education teaching styles are really all that different. 

Vincent Wang

Vincent Wang

Vincent is a second year Drake student studying Economics and International Business. When he graduates, he’s looking forward to either going on to a graduate program or starting a career in business. His interests include his fraternity, Alpha Kappa Psi, volunteering for Habitat for Humanity, and working with the Red Cross.


To Taiwanese Childhood